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Jamie A. Damsker


Distinguished Flying Cross

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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 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Jamie A. Damsker, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-15E Instructor Weapon Systems Officer, 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 31st Expeditionary Operations Group, 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, during Operation ALLIED FORCE, on 28 April 1999. On that date, his formation was tasked to destroy tunnel entrances, leading to bunkers where enemy aircraft were stored, at the military airfield near the city of Pristina. Captain Damsker delivered the first-ever Guided Bomb Unit-28 employed by an F-15E in combat. The five thousand-pound, precision-guided ?bunker buster? was the only weapon capable of accomplishing this critical mission. Severe weather in the target area made it necessary for him to perform multiple passes through numerous missile threats over the heavily defended airfield. The flight, low on fuel, coordinated for an emergency tanker and, after returning to the target area, had their tenacity pay off. With less than favorable weather conditions, Captain Damsker's formation was forced into using precise release parameters never before attempted with this weapon. He scored a direct hit of his aimpoint and subsequently guided the weapon dropped by his wingman. Despite the unfavorable weather, Captain Damsker's unwavering spirit to carry out the mission prevented Serbian fighter aircraft from seeing the light of day. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Damsker reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Citation Courtesy of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society -

Action Date: 28-Apr-99

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain