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Name (Last, First Middle)Polidor, Michal P.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
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Active Duty Assignments557th,FTS,USAFAcademy;
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Award Year2010
Award Summary InformationCaptain Polidor distinguished himself through his heroic actions in an Operation Enduring Freedom sortie supporting United States and Afghan National Army ground forces. Captain Polidor is a member of the Air Force Global Strike Command. On October 3, 2009, Captain Polidor was the flight lead of an F-15E Strike Eagle two-ship tasked to support coalition observation post Keating in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan. More than 80 coalition soldiers were pinned down and taking fire from a well-orchestrated 360-degree attack of 250 Taliban insurgents in the steep and rugged Kamdesh Valley. Shortly after arriving on station, Captain Polidor assumed the tactical air control Ė airborne role, deconflicting aircraft and establishing communications relay amid smoke, approaching thunderstorms, and radio communication that was severely degraded by the surrounding terrain. During his 7.8-hour sortie, he was able to coordinate and integrate 19 aircraft, to include; F-15Es, A-lOs, AH-64s AND A B-1, orchestrating precision strikes on the enemy. He expertly expended four bombs and executed a perfect 20mm strafe against a target in close proximity to friendly forces. He performed a battle damage check for his wingman, who experienced a severs hydraulics failure. Low on fuel, Captain Polidor continued to orchestrate incoming air assets while aerial refueling over 30,000 pounds of ordnance and 170 rounds of strafe eliminated enemy strongholds, saving 72 American and Afghan National Army lives.
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