|Name (Last, First Middle)||Martin, Corby L|
|Branch at time of event||USAF|
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|Academic Degree Major||BS USAFA 1980|
|Active Duty Assignments||HeliTng FtRucker;81:HeliTng KirtlandAFB;81:Plt
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|Award Summary Information||0n Jan. 17, 1991, Major Martin led a flight of Army Apaches into Iraq which successfully destroyed enemy early-warning radar sites, opening a wide radar-free air corridor along Iraqís border to begin the air war of Operation Desert Storm. To avoid detection and achieve tactical surprise, the flight flew in total darkness at 100 feet and below penetrating Iraqi airspace and arriving at their targets within 10 seconds of the prescribed tine on target. Major Martinís flight fired on their targets exactly on time, achieving total tactical surprise in perfect coordination with numerous other geographical air strikes. On egress, with enemy air defenses now alerted and filling the
sky with small arms fire and infrared missiles, Major Martin executed evasive maneuvers and launched countermeasures to recover safely to a forward area refueling point to drop off the Apaches.
Throughout Desert Storm, Major Martin flew 33 sorties and over 45 combat hours under the most demanding and stressful conditions. 0n alert when a British Special Forces team was missing in action, he planned and flew as flight lead on the first U.S./United Kingdom helicopter operation in combat, searching for over five hours over the featureless desert some 200 miles inside Iraq. .
For his outstanding contributions to the war effort, Major Corby is a most deserving recipient of the 25th presentation of the Jabara Award for Airmanship.
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|Aeronautical Speciality Rating||Command Pilot|
|Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & Awards||DFC,BS,MSM,AM(2,AAM,AFCM