Osprey pilots become first to receive Distinguished Flying Cross

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 04:43 PM.

“Getting the award feels great,” Hutchings said. “I keep the pride on the inside. But deep down inside I have extreme respect for those who received the medal in the past.”

For Haake, he still wonders why he got such an award.

“It’s humbling for me to receive an award like this,” Haake said. “I’d like to dedicate the award to my men. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be standing here right now.”

The mission of the air wing is to support the troops on the ground, said Haake.

“I wanted really just to get my men back to safety,” Haake said. “It took a collaborative effort to accomplish that.”

One of the Marines who was part of that collaboration is Sgt. Shane Moreland.

“We went in knowing there was a heavy enemy threat,” Moreland said. “I was stuck firing back at the muzzle flashes. ...We go into our jobs everyday ... keep our hearts on a swivel ... and respond to whatever arises.



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