30 Apr '12, 12pm

Marine pilot earns honor for heroic Libya rescue #Marine #News

Marine pilot earns honor for heroic Libya rescue #Marine #News

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/04/marine-grunke-aviator-of-the-year-libya-rescue-043012/ Marine pilot earns honor for heroic Libya rescue By Andy Matarrese - Medill News Service Posted : Monday Apr 30, 2012 7:52:01 EDT Maj. J. Eric Grunke had just left a late-evening briefing to grab some chow when the rumors started to circulate aboard the Kearsarge: There was a friendly jet down in Libya. The Harrier pilot and his wingman left their plates to learn more. Indeed, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle had gone down near the city of Benghazi, and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the amphibious assault ship, was going to launch the rescue mission. For his actions during the after-midnight rescue effort on March 22, 2011, Grunke has earned the Marine Corps Aviation Association’s Marine Corps Aviator of the Year Award. The award honors the leatherneck who has ma...

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