Stories of Service
Maj. Kyle Konkolics, 71st Special Operations Squadron safety chief, goes over a pre-flight checklist with an air crew member May 10, 2023, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Konkolics received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic role in a rescue mission of an American hostage in Africa in October 2020. The successful operation was the longest-distance hostage rescue conducted during night in Department of Defense history and was completed within 48 hours of their initial notification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Allen Winston)

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