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Name (Last, First Middle)Schultz, Keith D.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
RankLieutenant Colonel
SquadronCS 24
Home TownBardstown
Home StateKY
High School
High School Activities
Post High School
Academy ExperiencesCheerleader
Academic Degree MajorBS Engr USAFA 1979 MS-AviaSci Embry-RiddleUniv 1988 SOS(R) 1985 ACSC(R) 2002 AirWC(R) 2006
Active Duty Assignments79: PltTng VanceAFB:80;Stu,B-52CCTSq,85:Stdn&Eval Plt/Tng Flt Instr 7Bmb Wg CarswellAFB;87:CFIC Instructor Pilot/FltLineInst,328BmbSq/Acad Instr 329 CCTSqCastleAFB;90:ChBomberTacticsHqPACAF Hickam AFB;01;01: ART Flight Commander B-52/InstructorPilot 93rd Bomb Squadron05: ART Commander 307 OG/93 BS/DeputyOperations Group Commander 917th Wing BarksdaleAFB;
Civilian PositionsContractor BoeingAerospCompany
Award Year2005
Award Summary InformationLieutenant Colonel Keith D. Schultz, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1979, is the winner of the 2005 Jabara Award for Airmanship for heroism and sustained superior performance as a B-52 aircraft commander and mission commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Schultz is currently the Deputy Commander, 917th Operations Group, at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Colonel Schultz's singular efforts resulted in the concept development, testing and evaluation, validation, and operational deployment during Iraqi Freedom of the Litening II targeting pod on the B-52 aircraft. This innovative and new operational capability for the B-52 allowed for the precision delivery of laser-guided weapons from high altitude. It also allowed the crew to estimate in real time the nature of the target, identify friendly or collateral damage concerns, and decline a target if not fit for a strike. On April 11, 2003, Colonel Schultz was the aircraft commander on Facet 32, a single-ship Killbox Interdiction/Close Air Support mission in northern Iraq. This was the first operational mission with the Litening II pod on the B-52. Penetrating areas defended by SA-2 and SA-8 surface-to-air missile sites, Colonel Schultz's crew delivered the first-ever B-52 release and self¨designation of a laser guided weapon in combat, destroying a high-priority command center target with deadly accuracy. During this 1 5-hour mission, his crew also expended 16 externally loaded CBU-103s on an Iraqi elite guard training facility, while expertly avoiding surface-to-air threat indications. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Colonel Schultz flew 200 combat hours, dropping 275,000 pounds of munitions. The actions of Colonel Schultz reflect the finest traditions of planning, airmanship and heroism under enemy threat.
Involved Crew Members
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsMSM(3),AM(3),AAM,AFCM(2) Jabara Award 2005
CommentsResigned,P/U a Reserve Commission
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