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PersonID801310
Name (Last, First Middle)Frohlich, Ali C.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
RankMajor
Graduation1980
SquadronCS 08
Home TownEnon
Home StateOH
High SchoolGreenon High School, Springfield, Ohio
High School Activities
Post High School
Academy Experiences
Academic Degree Major
Active Duty AssignmentsPltTng WilliamsAFB;81:Plt,CompositeSq,HowardAFB; 85,Plt4TFSq,HillAFB;88:InstrPlt, TurkishAF,MurtedABTR; 90: FltCmdr/InstrPlt 526FS RamsteinABGW;92:ChStdnEvalF-16C,86OpnsGp, RamsteinABGW;93:DirStratPlans&Policy, JointStaff,Pentagon;95:AFAdvisor,419FW HillAFB;97:OpnsO,68FS,MoodyAFB;98:OpnsO/Cmdr,83FWS TyndallAFB.
Civilian PositionsPilot, Delta Air Lines,ALPA Airport Liaison, Northwest Florida Beaches Int'l Airport, Chairman, Bay County Transportation Planning Organization Advisory Committee
Award Year1993
Award Summary InformationMaj. Ali C. Frohlich, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1980, is the winner of the Col. James Jabara Airmanship Award for his sustained superior performance during the period from Operation DESERT STORM through enforcement of the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. During the preparation for DESERT STORM, Major Frohlich was sent to Ankara, Turkey to work with the U.S. Planning and Liaison Team, Turkish General Staff (TGS), and Turkish Air Force (TUAD for the deployment of the U.S. composite strike forces to Incirlik AB, Turkey and to develop a U.S.-Turkish bilateral air-to-air refueling program for overland refueling for U.S. strike packages - an historic agreement resulting in the first-ever "strategic" activity of air-to-air refueling over the sovereign Turkish mainland. He also completed extremely politically-sensitive coordination for integration of a limited number of Turkish Air Force assets into U.S. strike packages to allow for a contingency that included Turkey as a formal member of the United Nations Coalition. He then flew as the only U.S. instructor pilot to the TUAF in combined U .S.-Turkish large-force packages. During DESERT STORM, Major Frohlich displayed superior aviator skills flying numerous combat strike missions, including one against one of the most heavily-defended targets in Iraq, their main nuclear research facility in the north. Despite heavy flak, he destroyed his assigned target. Major Frohlich also played an influential role in the Joint Task Force's (JTF) search and rescue (SAR) mission by influencing timely decisions for Establishing Batman Air Base, Turkey, as the Forward Operating Location for all JTF SAR activities, working closely and continuously with the JTF commanding general. He flew over 75 missions during Operation PROVIDE COMFORT as an F- 16 instructor pilot and flight leader, including a mission where he directed the Rescue of a downed French reconnaissance pilot deep in northern Iraq, and another helping rescue two Turkish truck drivers who were stranded in a flood swollen river.
Involved Crew MembersNone
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsDMSM,MSM(7),AM(2),AAM(5),JSCM(2),AFCM(5),AFAM Jabara Award
CommentsRetired,USAF(LtColonel)2000
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