Pilot receives distinguished honors for mission heroics
Maj. William Mendel, 20th Special Operations Squadron, shakes hands with another Airman after receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, for his heroics during a mission in Africa, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 15, 2017. Mendel flew the CV-22 Osprey during the mission, and safely recovered his aircraft, crew and passengers despite severe damage received from heavy gunfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

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Photo by: Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer |  VIRIN: 170515-F-CT367-0153.JPG