According to a realease from the United States Airforce, Captain Casey J. Brown was awarded the Aviation Valor Award.
Captain Brown distinguished himself as Tactics Officer and Aircraft Commander, C-130J, 37th Airlift Squadron, 86th Operations Group, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011. Captain Brown demonstrated professionalism, expertise and courage on the night of 6 April 2011, during a United States State Department directed evacuation Cote d'Ivoire. Captain Brown and the crew of LION 429 evacuated 72 French Embassy workers and their families from the city of Abidjan after violence erupted following the elections held on 28 November 2010.
The situation became untenable in early April, and Captain Brown was diverted from a routine West Africa mission to fly to Abidjan on an evacuation mission. Executing a flawless night tactical arrival, he and his crew uploaded the evacuees. Prior to take-off, the control tower advised a final embassy employee was enroute to the airport. Despite the danger, Captain Brown carefully decided to delay departure in order to evacuate the final civilian to safety. After uploading the remaining passenger, Captain Brown flew a tactical departure undetected over the ocean and delivered the embassy workers and their families to safety. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Brown reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Brown is serving as a Training Officer and flies as an Aircraft
Commander with the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He was born in Columbus, Kansas and attended Columbus Unified High School. He served as the student council president and was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation in 2001, Captain Brown received a full scholarship from the AFROTC to attend the University of Arkansas, where he was active in the Honor Guard. After graduating from the College of Engineering with a degree in computer science in 2006, Captain Brown was selected to attend Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot
Training at Whiting Field Naval Air Station, Florida, where he finished in the top third of
his class. He completed pilot training at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station and earned his
wings in 2008. Captain Brown attended C-130J qualification training at Little Rock Air
Force Base, Arkansas and was then assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air
Base, Germany. While there, Captain Brown attended the Mobility Electronic Combat
Officer course and held numerous positions, including C-130J tactics officer, chief unit resource advisor, and assistant chief of training. He currently lives in Elschbach,
Germany with his wife, Rebecca.