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09-29-2009, 11:24 AM
B-1B crew to get Mackay Trophy for bombing run

Staff report
Posted : Monday Sep 28, 2009 16:43:01 EDT

The Mackay Trophy is going this year to the crew of a B-1B Lancer bomber, credited with helping stop a remote base in Afghanistan from being overrun by insurgents.

Earning the honor for flying the most meritorious Air Force mission of 2008 are Maj. Norman Shelton, Capt. Kaylene Giri, Capt. Louis Heidema, and Capt. Boyd Smith. At the time of the mission, all were assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

The crew’s citation said 200 insurgents were trying to overrun Vehicle Patrol Base Wanat when the bomber, call sign “BONE 23,” was sent to the base’s defense on July 13, 2008.

At first, a joint terminal attack controller at the base requested a pair of 2,000-pound guided bombs. When the crew of BONE 23 realized the ground troops would be too close to the bomb explosions — “danger close,” according to the crew — they suggested using 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions bombs. Within 30 minutes, BONE 23 flew three bomb runs “decisively slowing the enemy attack, allowing coalition forces to regroup,” the Mackay citation said.

The four airmen will formally accept the award Nov. 2 during the National Aeronautic Association’s fall awards banquet.

Other airmen honored with the Mackay Trophy include Henry "Hap" Arnold, Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle and Chuck Yeager.

09-29-2009, 12:10 PM
Awesome. Although, I suppose this is another reason that we need more boots on the ground. So we can put more troops on the CPs, and not have to rely on air support to prevent bases from being overrun. If those bombers hadn't have shown up, who knows what would have happened...

09-29-2009, 01:18 PM
exactly Ghost it is more of a back up and run them the fuck over request.

09-29-2009, 02:55 PM
^^^ Like it