On Sept. 18, 2008, Brig. Gen. James McConville, Combined Joint Task Force-101 Deputy Commander, awarded Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Shumate, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions on May 12, 2008 in Afghanistan.
On a crisp spring night, Chief Shumate lifted his CH-47D helicopter with a slingload of equipment off the tarmac of Bagram Air Base for a routine “Mountain Highway” resupply mission. While flying over the Gowardesh Valley, Chief Shumate and his crew suddenly felt the aircraft shudder violently when an RPG round struck at its rear. Reacting to the loss in power and flashing control panel lights, Chief Shumate intensely worked the controls as the helicopter dropped in altitude. Within seconds, he managed to stabilize the CH-47 and land it safely on a house rooftop in the valley. Chief Shumate was credited for saving the lives of his crew and minimizing further damage to the helicopter.
For his gallantry in action, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Shumate is this week’s Warrior-Soldier.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Shumate holds his award certificate with Brig. Gen. James McConville, Combined Joint Task Force-101 deputy commanding general-support and Regional Command-East. Shumate was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions as the pilot in command of a CH-47 which came under enemy fire in May. Photo by George Welcome, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs