TF Viper AH-64 pilot receives DFC

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tory R. Myers (left), receives the Distinguished Flying Cross from U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East.

 

He could have remained on the sidelines, with no one holding it against him. After eight years away and with enough years served to have settled into retirement, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tory R. Myers chose to return to active duty.

Two years later he’s on the verge of walking into retirement again not only with distinguished awards but also with the thanks of his fellow soldiers.

Myers, an AH-64D Apache helicopter pilot serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Task Force Viper, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with “V” Device during a ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst province, March 8.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command-East, presented the awards honoring Myers for his actions during a complex attack on Combat Outpost Margah in Paktika province, Oct. 30.

“It definitely makes an impression, having [Maj.] Gen. Campbell here for the ceremony,” said Myers, a native of Hollywood, Ala.

“His actions greatly influenced the outcome,” U.S. Army Capt. David Schulz of Los Angeles, commander of Company F, 2nd Bn. 506th Infantry Regt., Task Force Currahee, detailing how weather conditions were red, or extremely severe, when Myers and his air weapons team were called. Myers insisted on undertaking the mission, and through single-ship refuelling was able to remain overhead at COP Margah for close to six hours performing security operations.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Van Arsdale, fire support officer for Company F, 2nd Bn. 506th Inf. Regt. and native of Harmony, Pa., was the commander on the ground that night until Schulz and the QRF arrived. Van Arsdale helped coordinate artillery and mortar strikes along with the defense of the towers.

As the ceremony wound down, Myers was more than willing to just fade again into the background, out of the public eye, and return to his job. Still, the question will likely continue to be asked.

After having retired once, why did he come back?

“I came back for a combat tour,” said Myers.

He got his wish, and the soldiers from COP Margah remain grateful he was around when they needed him most.

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