|Active Duty Assignments||PltTng,8FTS,VanceAFB;99:MisawaAB,JA;02:PltTrng,551
|Award Summary Information||Captain Jonathan W. Graham, United States Air Force Academy Class of 1999, distinguished himself through sustained superior airmanship while serving as an MH-53 Crew Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Weapons Officer assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Captain Graham is a member of Air Education and Training Command. Drawing upon experiences gained during multiple deployments to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, he developed new, detailed and realistic training scenarios and threat briefs for crews to use during training missions. During his fifth deployment to Iraq, he and his largely inexperienced crew quickly established themselves as the commander's first choice to lead high-risk missions. In 2006, he flew 66 combat sorties encompassing 96 combat hours. He led 23 joint and combined Special Operations Forces (SOF) air-assault missions, mostly inserting American, British and Iraqi troops into hostile areas and providing air cover. He was also handpicked to lead a mission to transport the Combined Forces Special Operation component Commander on a daylight tour of SOF outposts in Ramadi and Baghdad, a short-notice mission that was carried out successfully and without incident. Before departing Iraq, he developed a briefing for replacement MH-53 crews, focusing on aircraft changes, current threat data and trends, as well as the tactics that MH-53 crews had proven during the most recent deployment. This briefing greatly reduced the preparation time needed for new arrivals to become combat ready. During the award period, Captain Graham also graduated from Squadron Officer School and was a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Weapons School Weapon System Instructor Course, where he won the Flying Award for exceptional instruction during 22 training sorties.