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Kent A. Landreth


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Operation Allied Force

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Kent A. Landreth, United States Air Force, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as Pilot of an MH-53 Pave Low Helicopter of the 16th Special Operations Wing, in action near Novi Sad, Serbia, on 2 May 1999. On that date, Captain Landreth participated in a combat Search-and-Rescue Task Force tasked with locating and recovering an American F-16 pilot shot down in Serbia. As Flight Leader, for more than an hour Captain Landreth led three special operations helicopters through sporadic barrages of surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft fire, and small arms fire, until the downed pilot was successfully rescued. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Landreth has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May 2, 1999

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Regiment: 16th Special Operations Wing