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Local Airwoman Talks to Dayton's News Source After Winning Award

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - A weapons system officer from the 389th Fighter Squadron here was recently named one of four airmen to receive the 2010 Mackay Trophy for her part in a combat mission near Turkmenistan April 6, 2010. She will be honored in November at a ceremony in Arlington after her deployment in Afghanistan.

The award is administered by the United States National Aeronautic Association and is awarded yearly by the United States Air Force for the "most meritorious flight of the year" by an Air Force person, persons, or organization. The trophy is housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

Capt. Leigh "Breaker" Larkin along with F-15E Strike Eagle pilots Lt. Col. Donald D. Cornwell, 333rd Fighter Squadron, Lt. Col. Dylan Wells, 48th Fighter Wing and fellow WSO 1st Lt. Nicholas Tsougas, 4th Training Squadron, were members of "Dude Flight," a combat mission killing more than 80 Taliban insurgents and saving approximately 30 coalition troops.

On that fateful day, Dude Flight 01 took off from here to support "Jaguar 12," a Joint Terminal Attack Controller supporting troops-in-contact in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan.

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