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07-04-2008, 17:24

MEDIA ADVISORY: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Soldier to receive Distinguished Service Cross

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (USASOC News Service, July 3, 2008) – A 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Soldier will be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during a ceremony at 2 p.m. July 11 at the Personnel Processing Center, Bldg. 7162, on Fort Campbell, Ky.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 David F. Cooper is being awarded the DSC for extraordinary heroism when he selflessly chose to fly as a single attack helicopter at low levels over an active firefight to draw enemy fire away from United States Special Operations ground forces on the scene. He acted with complete disregard for his own safety as he single handedly took aerial action against an armed and numerically superior enemy during a combat engagement in central Iraq in 2006.

The DSC is the Army’s second highest award for combat valor and is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States during military operations. This is the eleventh DSC to be awarded for actions in Iraq since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. To date, Cooper is the only aviator to receive the DSC non-posthumously for actions in support of the War on Terror.

Adm. Eric T. Olson, Commander, United States Special Operations Command, and Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner, Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, will preside over the ceremony and present the awards.

Red Flag 1
07-04-2008, 19:31
Well done CWO 5 David F. Cooper!!!

07-04-2008, 21:28
Congrats to you chief, wheelbarrow for your brass balls!!

07-05-2008, 04:22
Congrats CWO Cooper, God Bless..


01-01-2010, 17:28
Coop is an old friend I have not seen since Ft. Hood around '93 I think. One of the funniest people I have ever met in my life as well as one of the most knowledgeable aviators I have ever been around or taken a checkride from.

I am way late to the party on this, but well done old friend. Well done.

Goggles Pizano
01-01-2010, 18:11
A deserving award to an aviator with an abundance of testicular fortitude. Congratulations Chief Cooper!

The Reaper
01-01-2010, 19:22
Well done, Mr. Cooper.


01-02-2010, 10:55
You 've got "Balls" CWO Cooper,Well done..............;)

Big Teddy :munchin