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Unarmed Tanker in Combat Search and Rescue

Gen T. Michael Moseley (left), USAF Chief of Staff, presents the Distinguished Flying Cross to (facing forward, left to right) Maj. Brian Neitz, Capt. Nathan Howard, Capt. Tricia Paulsen-Howe and TSgt. Jim Pittman. On April 7, 2003, this KC-135 crew put themselves in harm's way to help the crew of a downed F-15E. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Gen T. Michael Moseley (left), USAF Chief of Staff, presents the Distinguished Flying Cross to (facing forward, left to right) Maj. Brian Neitz, Capt. Nathan Howard, Capt. Tricia Paulsen-Howe and TSgt. Jim Pittman. On April 7, 2003, this KC-135 crew put themselves in harm's way to help the crew of a downed F-15E. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - A portion of the Warrior Airmen exhibit on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - A portion of the Warrior Airmen exhibit on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On April 7, 2003, an unarmed KC-135 Stratotanker's crew put themselves in harm's way to help the crew of a downed F-15E. The KC-135 crew flew into hostile airspace north of Baghdad, Iraq, to refuel aircraft involved in the rescue, some of which were critically low on fuel. All four crewmembers, from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions.

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