Dean "Rocket" Hall Awarded the Flying Cross LTGEN Hall, Flying Cross. COL Lassahn, Force Cross. During the first day of OP GREEN FIELD both the named pilots provided oustanding service to USEC while piloting A10 aircraft. At 0915 on the first day, after four hours of preparation, Base Alpha was established. The base was subsequently lost when enemy forces deployed, en mass, at 1030 with huge casualties experienced by USEC Forces. After the Base was lost, it was not for another 20 hours that personnel made it into Ground Zero. Between 1030 and 1130 all efforts to retake the base were thwarted, and the decision was made too undertake a unrelenting airstrike onto the town on Bagango and LTGEN Hall and COL Lassahn volunteered to undertake the airstrikes. Hall achieved 432 enemy KIA, 22 enemy tanks KIA, and 2 enemy planes KIA, without losing his A10 or being killed. On his last attack run, Halls aircraft became severely damaged an enemy Shilka, and realising that the aircraft would not make it make to base crashed the aircraft into an enemy KA50 and ejected over Bagango. COL Lassahn completed 364 enemy KIA, and 5 enemy tank KIA, loosing only 2 airframes. By 1240 the skies were clear of KA50s. COL Lassahn retired from activities for the day at 1250. Hall retired from activities at 1300, in this eight hours his final kill tally was 637 enemy KIA, 3 vehicles KIA, 24 tanks KIA, and 12 aircraft KIA. Through the efforts of Hall and Lassahn, the foundations for the recapture of Base Alpha by LTCOL Blake and CAPTAIN Brown the following day, demonstrating exemplorary heroism, dedication, and skill in the face of the enemy.
12 May 2008 Zulu
Dean "Rocket" Hall Awarded the Meritous Unit Citation
USEC personnel deployed to OP GREEN FIELD have shown extraordinary effort, dedication, and skill, in the achievement of the mission to secure the city of Bagango in Sahrani Island. In particular, the fencing of the entire city behind perimeter fencing, and the placement of AI squads along this perimeter, has allowed the city to remain unattacked for a period of seven days. Well done all on this outstanding achievement. This unit citation is awarded to all members of UX501, and those who were attached to UX501, in support of OP GREEN FIELD. Members must have participated in a mission, and have logged in to receive their campaign ribbon, in order to qualify for this citation.