Two North Carolina National Guard soldiers receive Distinguished Flying Cross

Julia LeDoux
August 26, 2020 - 7:29 am



Two North Carolina National Guard soldiers have received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. 

Capt. Stephen Scott and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Eric Carver, both of the 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, received the award on Aug.18 in Raleigh, according to a release. 

“We are proud of you, the state of North Carolina is proud of you, and the sacrifices you and your families have made, you gentlemen have proven what Army Aviation can do, you did not think about yourselves, you thought about the warriors on the ground,” said Maj. Gen. Todd Hunt, Adjutant General of North Carolina. 

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While deployed to Afghanistan in 2018, the 1-130th ARB was tasked with general support and direct support missions for Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support. For Scott and Carver, that meant providing security and attack operations in support of Operational Detachment Alpha 7225, 7th Special Forces Group (A). 

During a night mission in November of 2018, soldiers came under fire as they stepped off their aircraft in a remote village of the Uruzgan Province, according to the release. Scott and Carver identified who was shooting and engaged them after permission was given.

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“CW4 Carver and Capt. Scott risked their lives for us that night in Deh Rawud District. No medal, no words can describe how grateful we all are,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon P. Faia, ground force commander for Special Forces ODA 7225

The 1-130th ARB deployed as Task Force Panther with 680 soldiers and 54 aircraft both from Army active duty and National Guard units. 

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