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Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 were awarded the Air Medal for heroic actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 16. (From left to right) Capt. Thomas M. Keech, the mission pilot, Capt. Matthew A. Cave, the mission co-pilot, Sgt. Justin K. Bartfield-Smith, the mission aerial gunner and observer, and Cpl. John M. Cederholm, the mission crew chief, were awarded for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in the Sangin River Valley, Afghanistan, June, 12. This mission was the first time an MV-22B had engaged an enemy in combat.
111220-M-0000C-010.jpg Photo By: Cpl. Abigail Brown

Dec 20, 2011
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, NC - Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 were awarded the Air Medal for heroic actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 16. (From left to right) Capt. Thomas M. Keech, the mission pilot, Capt. Matthew A. Cave, the mission co-pilot, Sgt. Justin K. Bartfield-Smith, the mission aerial gunner and observer, and Cpl. John M. Cederholm, the mission crew chief, were awarded for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in the Sangin River Valley, Afghanistan, June, 12. This mission was the first time an MV-22B had engaged an enemy in combat.


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