Chief of Staff's Portraits In Courage
As we celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the United States Air Force, we recognize the tremendous
achievements and sacrifices made by our Airmen, both past and present. The brave volunteers in
our service today, who put themselves into harm’s way, continue the Air Force’s incredible legacy
as the most respected air force in the world.
It is with great pride that we showcase 20 heroic Airmen in this seventh volume of Portraits in Courage. These exceptional Airmen persisted through extraordinary circumstances, confronted unforeseen dangers, and surmounted seemingly impossible challenges, all to accomplish their missions, and often saving the lives of others in the process.
The narratives that follow illustrate the diverse missions that Airmen and the Air Force undertake on behalf of the Nation. They showcase the valor of an Air Force Cross recipient, demonstrate the bravery of Silver and Bronze Star recipients, pay tribute to the sacrifice of Purple Heart recipients, and highlight the courage of Airmen awarded Air Force and Army Combat Action Badges.
The United States continues to be a nation embroiled in protracted conflict, but it is fortunate to have these Airmen and their Joint teammates performing magnificently under the stress of combat and the extreme conditions of humanitarian and disaster relief operations. We hope that as you read these accounts of courage and valor, you come away with a sense of the dedication and sacrifice that has been and will remain the hallmark of the men and women of the United States Air Force.
NORTON A. SCHWARTZ JAMES A. ROY
General, USAF Chief Master Sergeant of The Air Force
Chief of Staff