- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An instructor at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque has been honored for his part in a rescue helicopter’s extraction of an Army squad from a minefield in Afghanistan five years ago.

Master Sgt. Greg Gibbs on Friday was presented a Distinguished Flying Cross during a Friday ceremony that included the three-star general who leads the Air Education and Training Command.

The Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/3Mg9Ga ) reports that Gibbs was a door gunner on an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter that rescued soldiers who had been lured into the middle of a minefield.

The citation accompanying the award says Gibbs‘ role during the 2011 rescue included providing guidance to the pilots, allowing the low-flying helicopter to fly backward without touching down on the minefield.

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