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Name (Last, First Middle)Crist, Neil B.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
SquadronCS 18
Home TownBlue Island
Home StateIL
High SchoolBlue Island Community High School, Blue Island, IL
High School ActivitiesTrack,Tennis,Swimming,Rifle
Post High SchoolCulver Military Academy, Culver, IN. (2yrs)
Academy ExperiencesModern Pentathlon, Ski Club, Cath.Choir, Rally Club, Saddle Club, Water Ski Club,Dean's List(7), Comm's List
Academic Degree MajorBS-Intl.Aff, USAF Academy, 1966
Active Duty AssignmentsMA 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 PositionsAtty 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 Year1971
Award Summary InformationCaptain 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 MembersNone
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsSS,LM,DFC(4),BS(3),MSM(2),AM(20),JSCM(2),AFCM(3)
CommentsResigned Active Duty (1981) Retired Colonel (Reserve) 1996 Retired Feb, 2006
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