Four instructor pilots assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, N.M., were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for secretive missions on the CV-22 Osprey. Maj. Robert Meyersohn, Maj. Arjun Rau, TSgt. David Shea, and TSgt. Kenneth Zupow were presented with the medal during a May 23 ceremony for separate missions. Rau, Shea, and Zupow were awarded for a 2013 mission in South Sudan when they were called in to evacuate American and allied civilians and came under heavy fire, according to an Air Force Special Operations Command release. “More than 100 holes” were “put in each aircraft” by small arms fire, but airmen were able to successfully recover the aircraft and assist injured personnel. Meyersohn received the award for a 2014 mission in an unnamed country when he flew as a CV-22 flight commander and was tasked with recovering “precious cargo” from behind enemy lines. He led a three-aircraft formation into a high-risk area at night to retrieve the cargo and friendly ground forces, the release states. “These airmen’s actions are a true testament to what we talk about, train for, prepare for, and breathe every day,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, commander of the 19th Air Force, during the ceremony.