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Kelly E. McDougall


Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Incursion into Panama

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 Chief Warrant Officer Kelly E. McDougall, United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight. Chief Warrant Officer McDougall distinguished himself heroically on 20 December 1989 while assigned to A Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Group (Airborne) as Air Mission Commander of an assault helicopter formation during Operation Just Cause. During combat operations with no regard for his own personal safety against and alerted and heavily armed hostile enemy force he continued inbound through intense enemy small arms, heavy machine gun, and anti-aircraft fire to land and drop off the ground assault force. He then returned through the same intense enemy fire to pick up the assault force, thereby guaranteeing the successful accomplishment of the mission. Chief Warrant Officer McDougall's heroic actions reflect great credit on him and the United States Army.

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

Action Date: 20-Dec-89

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer