Maj. Bradley Downs and Maj. Daniel Roesch received the Cheney Award for their actions providing close air support to coalition ground forces in Afghanistan. Both serve as aircrew on Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft. Pilot Downs and navigator Roesch flew a night mission to drop supplies, including much-needed ammunition, to Special Forces under attack from Taliban elements. Using nigh-vision goggles and flying low between the enemy and NATO forces, the MC-130H airdropped some 22,000 pounds of supplies within 15 yards of the target area. Downs is assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England, and Roesch to Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Sept. 27, 2022
As the Air Force moves forward with its efforts to operationalize the concept of agile combat employment, leaders need to embrace an iterative approach that builds on itself, recognizing that ACE may never be fully complete, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said Sept. 27.