|Name (Last, First Middle)||Crist, Neil B.|
|Branch at time of event||USAF|
|Home Town||Blue Island|
|High School||Blue Island Community High School, Blue Island, IL|
|High School Activities||Track,Tennis,Swimming,Rifle|
|Post High School||Culver Military Academy, Culver, IN. (2yrs)|
|Academy Experiences||Modern Pentathlon, Ski Club, Cath.Choir, Rally Club, Saddle Club, Water Ski Club,Dean's List(7), Comm's List|
|Academic Degree Major||BS-Intl.Aff, USAF Academy, 1966|
|Active Duty Assignments||MA Econ GeorgetownUniv;PltTng LaughlinAFB; Plt,C-7A;458TacAirliftSq CamRanhBayABSVN; Plt 4677DESq HillAFB; Plt 13TFSq/ExO 432TRWg UdornABTH; PltF-
4D 52TFWg/PltF-4 23TFSq SpangdahlemABGW;
|Civilian Positions||Atty Cook&Crist BountifulUT; Atty HansonCrist&Assoc BountifulUT/USAFR
UT; Neil B Crist&Assoc AttorneysatLaw Bountiful UT; CristCathcart&Patterson AttyatLaw Bountiful UT; : Pres/Chairman Aerosp Manufacturing Ormond, Inc & Ormond Aerosp Inc Santa Fe Springs CA;
|Award Summary Information||Captain Crist was selected for the Jabara Award for his efforts to aid a Special Forces Camp at Dak Seang, Republic of Vietnam, which was under attack by approximately 10,000 enemy troops in April 1970. During the first five days of the support operation, Captain Crist led five formation drops on Dak Seang and participated in six other single ship flights for a total of 11 missions, more than any other pilot assigned to the 483rd Tactical Airlift Wing. However, the daily supply flights to the camp had been cut off due to high air¬craft and personnel losses.
Unable to accept that the camp might be overrun, Captain Crist and two other officers devised a plan for night aerial deliveries. The plan was approved by the wing commander but on a strictly volunteer basis, using only the most qualified pilots. Captain Crist was aircraft commander on the first mission. He flew two additional sorties that night and three sorties on ,the following night. Later he trained follow-on crews in the techniques to be used in the extremely dangerous mission.
The plan proved successful and onlynegligible damage was sustained to the aircraft.
|Involved Crew Members||None|
|Aeronautical Speciality Rating||Command Pilot|
|Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & Awards||SS,LM,DFC(4),BS(3),MSM(2),AM(20),JSCM(2),AFCM(3)
|Comments||Resigned Active Duty (1981)
Retired Colonel (Reserve) 1996
Retired Feb, 2006|