U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – A high-level award for Air Force Academy graduates goes this year to a pilot who flew a critical combat mission over Iraq in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support.
Major Marc P. Catalano, AC-130U pilot and 2006 graduate is scheduled to receive the Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship at the Academy during the noon meal on Thursday, Nov. 8
The award goes to a graduate whose “accomplishments demonstrate superior performance in fields directly involved with aerospace vehicles,” according the award’s criteria.
On Oct. 21, 2016, Catalano was the aircraft commander of an AC130U, Callsign “Spooky 86,” and its crew of 14 Airmen. In that single night, he led his crew on three distinct operations, defended his aircraft against well-aimed hostile fire, killed 21 enemy fighters, dismantled an enemy kidnapping ring, and rescued hundreds of hostages.
Visit www.usafa.org/Heritage/Jabara Award for more information.