Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Major Pat Houtman - Someone You Should Know
Major Pat Houtman is a traditional member of the DE Air National Guard, meaning he serves one weekend a month and two weeks of training during the year unless he is called upon to do more. Well during the 2 years that members of the DE Air National Guard's 142 Airlift Squadron were activated Pat and others from the DE ANG flew critical wartime missions in support of both Iraqi Freedom & Enduring Freedom. It was during one of these low flying missions in the units C-130 aircraft that Pat's training and experience were put to the test. As the plane loaded with supplies and 10 passengers flew low Pat spotted enemy fire coming toward the aircraft. Pat immedetely began evasive actions while at the same time informing the crew so they could begin their actions too. Major Houtman's actions were directly responsible for safely avoiding the enemy fire and bringing the crew and passengers back safely. For his actions on that day Major Houtman recieved the Distinguished Flying Cross in a ceremony this past Sunday. Read more Here
I am proud to have served with Major Houtman and very proud of his accomplishment.