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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)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer
VIRIN: 170515-F-CT367-0153.JPG
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