Drone Pilot To Receive First Air Force Medal of Honor Since Vietnam | The Duffel Blog


INDIAN SPRINGS, NV – An Air Force drone pilot who managed to fly his MQ-9 Reaper for 120 straight hours through multiple firefights will receive the Medal of Honor, Air Force officials confirmed today. Major Curtis Beasley will be the first Airman to receive the nation’s highest award since the Vietnam War.

He is also the first American to receive the Medal of Honor for actions taken inside the United States since the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Beasley, from Dubuque, Iowa, will receive the award for his actions at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada during the first days of August 2010. In a week of heavy combat he stayed at his console for more than five straight days, remotely piloting his Reaper drone through dozens of firefights 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan.

via Drone Pilot To Receive First Air Force Medal of Honor Since Vietnam | The Duffel Blog.

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5 responses to “Drone Pilot To Receive First Air Force Medal of Honor Since Vietnam | The Duffel Blog

  1. Paul L. Quandt

    Would I be correct in guessing that there is some kind of link between this post and the one following?

    Paul

  2. Ya almost had me going, until I checked the provenance of the link. :)

  3. virgil xenophon

    Too close to the truth for my tastes..

  4. ultimaratioregis

    “When they told me the President of the United States was calling for me, I was a little reluctant to pick up the phone. It was my lunch break, and if you don’t get in line at least an hour early, the only prime rib they have left is medium well.”

    Those guys are geniuses.

  5. scottthebadger

    He would be the son of Mrs. Beasley? Buffy would be so proud!