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Retired Air Force pilot awarded silver star at National Museum for the Air Force

Retired Air Force pilot awarded silver star at National Museum for the Air Force (WKEF/WRGT)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – A retired 75th fighter squadron A-10 pilot received the third highest military decoration for valor in the United States Armed Forces at the National Museum of the Air Force Friday night.

Retired Lt. Colonel Gregory Thorton was based out of Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, and was awarded the silver star for helping his team when they were in trouble.

“I don’t know how much longer this army battalion commander can sustain that,” Thorton said, “and we can come in and make sure that we keep the advantage, so that was very satisfying.”

He was given the award for his actions on April 6, 2003, while supporting Advance 33. That’s a ground forward air controller attached to Task Force 2 and 69th Armor Battalion during combat operations in Iraq.

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