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John A. Cherrey

Place of Birth: New Jersey, Dumont
Home of record: Hoboken New Jersey

John Cherrey was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1988 uyp0on graduation from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey. In 2013 he was appointed a U.S. Air Force Brigadier General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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Awarded for actions during the Operation Allied Force

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain John A. Cherrey, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as Pilot of an A-10 Warthog of the 81st Fighter Squadron, 40th Air Expeditionary Group, in action near Novi Sad, Serbia, from 27 March 1999 to 28 March 1999. During this period, as overall Combat Search and Rescue Task Force Mission Commander and Sandy flight lead, Captain Cherrey courageously and repeatedly risked his life to rescue a fellow American pilot, shot down over hostile Serbian territory. With minimal time for mission planning, Captain Cherrey flew into the teeth of the Serbian air defenses, battling constant communication jamming and intrusion, deteriorating weather, repeated illumination by deadly SA-6 surface-to-air missile systems, and the threat from enemy aircraft only a few miles from the downed pilot's location. At extreme risk to his life, Captain Cherrey overflew unknown Serbian territory, fully exposed to surface-to-air threats, until he positively identified the pilot and his location. Captain Cherrey then orchestrated a plan to bring the rescue helicopters to the pilot's position, while providing them maximum protection. He deceived enemy radar and concealed the intended pickup site by maneuvering his formation away from the downed pilot's position and into the SA-3 and SA-6 lethal ranges, valiantly risking his life. Now critically low on fuel, Captain Cherrey refused to abandon his post. With impeccable courage, he stayed in an increasingly aggressive environment to be near the downed pilot until minutes before his rescue. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Cherrey has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: March 27, 1999

Service: Air Force

Battalion: 81st Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 40th Air Expeditionary Group

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General John A. Cherrey, United States Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Cherrey and his dedicated contributions in the service of his country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Service: Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Operation Allied Force

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain John A. Cherrey, United States Air Force, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. His devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

Service: Air Force