Yesterday, Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, the Eleventh U.S. Coast Guard District commander, presented Distinguished Flying Crosses and Air Medals to a #USCG aircrew during an official ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay.
The aircrew was presented the awards for rescuing two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire.
The Distinguished Flying Crosses were presented to Cmdr. Derek Schramel, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, and Petty Officer 1st Class Graham McGinnis, an aviation survival technician, and Air Medals to Lt.j.g. Adam Ownbey, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Cook, an aviation maintenance technician.