The Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in Iraq has been given to a helicopter pilot based at Whiteman Air Force Base.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Stacy of Columbia is one of four helicopter pilots to earn the medal by providing communications to a group of Marines during an attack by insurgents. The helicopters all were damaged by insurgent ground fire, and Stacy had to take evasive action to avoid being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

The DFC is the seventh-highest award in the Army. When Stacy’s not on military duty, he flies a helicopter for University Hospital in Columbia.