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Julian M. Chesnutt

Julian Chesnutt graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Class of 1989. He was awarded the 2001 Jabara Award for Airmanship.


Silver Star

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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 Julian M. Chesnutt, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States while serving as Pilot of an F-16 of the 555th Fighter Squadron, at or near Serbia, on 31 May 1999. On that date, while leading a four-ship of F-16s as part of a large strike package on a battlefield air interdiction mission near Belgrade, Captain Chesnutt observed enemy air defenses launch three SA-6 surface-to-air missiles at his formation. Using his night vision goggles and targeting pod, he determined the precise location of the active surface-to-air missile site by following the missile smoke trails back to the launcher. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he selflessly placed himself between the guiding missiles and his flight members and locked up on the launcher with his targeting pod. With missiles in the air and flight mates in full defense, he calmly guided his bombs into the shooting launcher scoring a direct hit and producing some of the most spectacular bomb damage assessment of the air campaign. Captain Chesnutt's incredible coolness under fire when leading this courageous and aggressive attack resulted in a complete shut down of enemy air defenses in the area allowing the remaining strike package to proceed untouched. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Chesnutt has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 31-May-99

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Company: 555th Fighter Squadron