Maj. Mike “Vago” Hilkert, an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot with the 303rd Fighter Squadron, is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Oct. 2, 2021, in the 5-Bay hangar on Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Hilkert received the award for actions taken on a combat search and rescue mission in 2011 in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin Cerri)
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