FORT HOOD, Texas — The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division is scheduled to present two Distinguished Flying Cross awards on Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the 7-17th Heavy Attack Reconnaissance Cavalry hangar.
The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment as exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from his comrades or from other persons in similar circumstances.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steve O. Crandall and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jude C. Okpala will be presented the award during their actions in aerial combat. On Feb. 7, 2018, Crandell and Okpala supported Special Operations Joint Task Force during The Battle of Conoco in Syria.
The Distinguished Flying Cross awards will be presented by Maj. Gen. Paul Calvert, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division.
Media wishing to attend this event should RSVP by Tuesday afternoon no later than 5:00 p.m. to Maj. Paul M. Oliver via email at [email protected] or phone at 254-553-7936.
Attending media should meet their escort at the Fort Hood Visitors Center media parking area on T.J. Mills Blvd. no later than 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 29.