Misawa pilots save Iraqi civilians, earn 2014 Mackay Trophy
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III accompanied by a National Aeronautic Association spokesman present the Mackay Trophy to Capts. David Kroontje and Gregory Balzhiser during the NAA fall awards ceremony in Arlington, Va., Dec. 3, 2015. Kroontje and Balzhiser earned the trophy as a result of their heroic efforts during an airstrike that helped Kurdish Peshmerga forces the next day set up a safe corridor from Mount Sinjar, Iraq, saving the lives of 40,000 stranded civilians including women, children, elderly, and the infirm. (Courtesy photo)
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