Trump Presents Distinguished Flying Cross to 7 Guardsmen

| September 17, 2020

President Trump honored seven members of California’s National Guard with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Sept. 14, 2020.

Eggs sends.

…for Wildfire Rescues

By Bing Xiao

President Donald Trump awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on Monday to two California Army National Guard aircrews who flew repeatedly into a raging wildfire in two separate endeavors to rescue hundreds of trapped campers — despite being warned repeatedly to abort due to the danger.

“Today, it’s my profound honor to award seven extraordinary soldiers with the Distinguished Flying Crosses for their remarkable courage to rescue their fellow citizens,” Trump said.

The ceremony honored the actions of two crews from the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade: UH-6-M Black Hawk pilot-in-command Kipp Goding, pilot Chief Warrant Officer 2 Irvin Hernandez and crew chief Warrant Officer 1 Ge Xiong received medals, as well as CH-47F Chinook pilot-in-command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Rosamond, pilot Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brady Hlebain, and flight engineers Sgt. George Esquivel and Sgt. Cameron Powell.

Bravo Zulu, folks! Read the rest here:

Thanks, Eggs.

Category: Blue Skies, Bravo Zulu, National Guard

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  1. 2banana says:

    Were the trapped campers upset that there weren’t enough diversity in the rescuers?

  2. Mason says:

    Excellent. This is how it should be done. No waiting months or years to reward exceptional service.

    I’m also glad he gave them all DFCs. SOP on these type of things is for the Pilot in Command to get a DFC and everyone else an Air Medal. They all took the risk knowing the dangers.

  3. ChipNASA says:

    “OK Kids, everybody sing with me….

    Theeeeee balls on these guys go CLANG, CLANG, CLANG,
    The balls on these guys go CLANG, CLANG, CLANG,
    All through the airrrrr…”


    • rgr1480 says:

      Chip, you’ve been having problems with your markup anchors lately, eh?

      Here, take one of mine:

      You’ll have to use your own angle-brackets, though.

      You’re welcome.

      Oh …. now I can’t get that damned tune out of my head ….. thanks.


    • Graybeard says:

      dag!frigginblameit Chipster. I’m glad I put my mug down before I read that.

      Now if I can just get that earworm out…

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    A big BZ to the Pilots and Crews!

  5. Skippy says:

    Job well done
    Hooah !!!!!

  6. Graybeard says:

    Glad to see our CiC award these in a timely manner,
    glad to see the crew recognized so well.

  7. Green Thumb says:


  8. OWB says:

    Well earned and entirely appropriate. Great timing, too.

  9. Penguinman000 says:

    Toxic masculinity on full display here. /s

    BZ to those crews and for the command providing timely recognition.