2023 // Distinguished Flying Cross

Major Rhonda L.S. Cornum
Rhonda Cornum

For heroism in action:

Major Rhonda L. S. Cornum distinguished herself on 27 February 1991, as Battalion Flight Surgeon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment, while conducting a search and rescue mission during Operation Desert Storm.  Without regard for her own personal safety, she selflessly volunteered for the mission to attempt a rescue of a downed United States Air Force F-16 pilot located well behind enemy lines.  The flight of three aircraft came under heavy anti-aircraft fire which resulted in her UH-60 helicopter being shot down, resulting in the deaths of five of her fellow crewmembers.  Major Cornum was severely injured during the crash.  Major Cornum displayed heroism and bravery above and beyond the call of duty.  Major Cornum’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service, reflecting great credit upon her, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the United States Army.