C-17A Loadmaster FSGT David Pyatt's courage and airmanship recognised with The Air Medal of the United States of America
FSGT David Pyatt received The Air Medal of the United States of America on Monday 25 June 12, for meritorious achievement in sustained aerial flights during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008.
The awarding of The Air Medal recognises FSGT Pyatt’s courage and airmanship as a C-17A Loadmaster, under tremendously demanding conditions during the Operation.
FSGT Pyatt’s citation reads, “Under hazardous conditions, he demonstrated outstanding proficiency and steadfast devotion to duty, providing critical airlift capability in the United States Air Force Central Command’s area of responsibility.
“In addition, Sergeant (sic) Pyatt’s airmanship and expertise contributed to the successful delivery of more than one million pounds of critical equipment desperately needed by coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
FSGT Pyatt said “It was a great honour and a privilege to receive The Air Medal, it was a real surprise.
“I was on exchange with the USAF and was fortunate to deploy twice, on Operation Iraqi Freedom and in conducting airdrop operations on Operation Enduring Freedom.
“It was a great experience and I really enjoyed operating the C-17A with our coalition partners.”
FSGT Pyatt was presented his award by CO 36 SQN and C-17A pilot, WGCDR Paul Long.
WGCDR Long acknowledged the significance of this award and was pleased to see the efforts and professionalism of 36 SQN members being recognised.
The Air Medal was established by United States’ President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 and is awarded for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.
Notable recipients of the Air Medal include US actor and Second World War bomber pilot James (Jimmy) Stewart and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.