30 Jul '12, 9pm

He decided to become a #USArmy pilot after being a Ranger for 8 years because… rucksacks are heavy? #ArmyAviation

He decided to become a #USArmy pilot after being a Ranger for 8 years because… rucksacks are heavy? #ArmyAviation

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Retired Capt. Gary F. Ossinger received two Distinguished Flying Crosses during his tour as an aviator in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He pinned the prestigious award onto the uniform of his son during a ceremony July 16 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. "It's kind of becoming a family tradition," said the elder Ossinger, a former OH-6 Cayuse helicopter pilot with 22 years of service, who earned his awards for heroic actions taken when his aircraft was shot down and for extracting a Soldier from a vulnerable location. His son, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gary S. Ossinger, earned his award for his brave actions under fire May 25, 2011, in eastern Afghanistan, as the pilot in command and air mission commander of a flight of two CH-47 Chinooks. According to the award citation, the mission involved transporting troops to the Do Ab Valley to conduct reconnaissance of ...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/84346/

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