Louisiana airman, crew hailed as heroes in deadly battle
An Air Force airman from Louisiana is among the heroes of an AC-130 "Spooky" gunship crew who saved a U.S. Special Forces team and 43 Afghan soldiers who were ambushed by insurgents.
Senior Airman Raymond “Tyler” Bourne, a 2011 Neville High School graduate, and the 14-member crew were awarded the MacKay Trophy for the most meritorious flight of 2016. Bourne earned an Air Medal with Valor.
Members of the crew received their medals about five weeks after the battle, but the awards dinner and the trophy presentation took place this week in Washington. Family members of the crew, including Bourne's mother Kim Alaniz, also attended the ceremony.
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