TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Major Tyler Schultz and Captain Samantha Harvey of the 354th Fighter Squadron received the Distinguished Flying Cross, according to the 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office.
Both A-10 pilots received the medal for conducting an emergency aerial flight in support of U.S. Army forces near Shaddadi, Syria on May 2, 2017.
According to the Air Force, when friendly troops were surrounded by ISIS fighters, the pilots halted the assault and ran four strafe runs on the enemy. Their heroic actions saved over 50 American lives with zero casualties.
The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to officers and enlisted members of the U.S. military who have distinguished themselves in combat by heroism or extraordinary achievement in flight.
Both were awarded the medal by General Mike Holmes, Air Combat Commander in a ceremony on March 2 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where they are currently stationed.