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Adam B. Kavlick

Home of record: Festus Missouri


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Operation Allied Force

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Adam B. Kavlick, United States Air Force, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Pilot of an F-16 Fighter Plane in the 555th Fighter Squadron, near Novi Sad, Serbia, on 2 May 1999. On that date, Captain Kavlick was flying lead in a group of F-16CJs on a mission to destroy Serb SA-3 and SA-6 surface-to-air missile batteries, when his wingman was struck by an SA-3 missile, causing engine failure and forcing the pilot to eject. Captain Kavlick established the pilot's position, heard his survival beacon, made radio contact with him and marshaled the forces necessary for a rescue. Once during the 90-minute wait for rescue helicopters to arrive on the scene, Captain Kavlick's formation of F-16s was shot at by surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft guns. Captain Kavlick remained on station, however, to coordinate the unfolding successful rescue. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Kavlick has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May 2, 1999

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Company: 555th Fighter Squadron