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Name (Last, First Middle)Keely, Prichard R.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
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Active Duty AssignmentsWeaponSystemsOfficer/PltTng,MoodyAFB;
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Award Year2009
Award Summary InformationThe United States Air Force Academy is proud to announce that Captain Prichard R. Keely, Class of 2004 and Air Combat Command, has won the 2010 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Captain Keely currently serves as a training officer and F-1 5e Weapons Systems Officer at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. Then-First Lieutenant Keely's heroic achievements on April 6, 2008, demonstrated exceptional airmanship, leadership, and tactical employment during a sortie supporting United States and Afghanistan National Army ground forces. Lt. Keely was the lead weapon systems officer of an F-1 5e Strike Eagle two-ship, tasked to support a Special Operations Force (SOF) mission to capture or kill a known insurgent leader in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. During the mission in challenging terrain, the SOF team took on heavy fire from more than 200 enemy fighters. Lt. Keely recognized the severity of the situation, provided situation updates and coordinated air strikes to suppress the enemy's fire. He took control of the battle space over the next four hours, enabling an effective counter attack. All in all, he expertly led the expenditure of 5,500 pounds of precision guided munitions and 450 rounds of 20 millimeter during 12 separate attacks on the enemy forces, resulting in 40 enemy killed and more than 100 injured. Most importantly, his decisive actions saved the lives of 150 American and Afghan soldiers
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