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Coast Guard aircrew receive awards for rescue 2 firefighters of the flames

Coast Guard aircrew receive awards for rescue 2 firefighters of the flames. Middle Fire.
Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay crew members stand in formation during an award ceremony Aug. 6, 2020 in Humboldt Bay, California. The aircrew was presented the awards for rescuing two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew received the awards for rescue of two firefighters in a mountainside engulfed in flames.

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif.​ — Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, the Eleventh Coast Guard District commander,​ presented Distinguished Flying Crosses to Cmdr. Derek Schramel, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, and Petty Officer 1st Class Graham McGinnis, an aviation survival technician, and​ Air Medals to​ Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, and​ Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Cook, an aviation maintenance technician, during an official ceremony, Thursday, at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay in McKinleyville.

The aircrew was presented the awards for rescuing two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire.

Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Eleventh Coast Guard District commander, presents the Air Medal to Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California. The Air Medal is a prestigious award that is presented to an Armed Forces member who has distinguished themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement in aerial flight during the rescue of survivors.
Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Eleventh Coast Guard District commander, presents the Air Medal to Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California. The Air Medal is a prestigious award that is presented to an Armed Forces member who has distinguished themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement in aerial flight during the rescue of survivors.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.

“It was just the best example of what we aspire to in naval aviation, in Coast Guard rescuing and in lifesaving operations.” said Penoyer.​

The Distinguished Flying Cross is the nation’s highest award for extraordinary aerial achievement. As a valor decoration, it is awarded to recipients for heroism while participating in an aerial flight.

The Air Medal is a prestigious award that is presented to an Armed Forces member who has distinguished themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement in aerial flight during the rescue of survivors.​

Petty Officer 1st Class Graham McGinnis, a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay aviation survival technician, salutes Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Eleventh Coast Guard District commander, during an award ceremony, Aug. 6, 2020 in Humboldt Bay, California.
Petty Officer 1st Class Graham McGinnis, a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay aviation survival technician, salutes Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Eleventh Coast Guard District commander, during an award ceremony, Aug. 6, 2020 in Humboldt Bay, California. McGinnis was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.
Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Eleventh Coast Guard District commander,??presents the Distinguished Flying Cross to Cmdr. Derek Schramel, a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, Aug. 6, 2020 in Humboldt Bay, California.
Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Eleventh Coast Guard District commander,??presents the Distinguished Flying Cross to Cmdr. Derek Schramel, a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, Aug. 6, 2020 in Humboldt Bay, California. The Distinguished Flying Cross is the nation’s highest award for extraordinary aerial achievement.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.
Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay crew members Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Cook, an aviation maintenance technician, Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, Petty Officer 1st Class Graham McGinnis, an aviation survival technician, Cmdr. Derek Schramel, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, stand for a photo Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California.
Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay crew members Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Cook, an aviation maintenance technician, Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, Petty Officer 1st Class Graham McGinnis, an aviation survival technician, Cmdr. Derek Schramel, a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, stand for a photo Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California. The aircrew was presented the awards for rescuing two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.
Cmdr. Derek Schramel, a pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, holds his Distinguished Flying Cross citation following an award ceremony, Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California.
Cmdr. Derek Schramel, a pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, holds his Distinguished Flying Cross citation following an award ceremony, Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California. The Distinguished Flying Cross is the nation’s highest award for extraordinary aerial achievement. As a valor decoration, it is awarded to recipients for heroism while participating in an aerial flight.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.
Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, a pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, is awarded the Air Medal during an award ceremony, Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California.
Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, a pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, is awarded the Air Medal during an award ceremony, Aug. 6, 2020, in Humboldt Bay, California. The award cited Ownbey’s and the flight crew’s outstanding airmanship and devotion to duty during the rescue of two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon.

According to the award citation, «the flight crew’s outstanding airmanship and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon themselves and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.»

-USCG-

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