How do you define selfless service?

In the summer of 1995, Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady was flying over Bosnia, enforcing the no-fly zone, when a surface-to-air missile slammed into his F-16.  He parachuted into enemy territory and for almost a week he evaded Serbian paramilitary forces.Naval Cryptology was there to contribute to the rescue effort.

 From the award certificate, “Quickly volunteering to fly in with the rescue team…Petty Officer Coleman kept mission commanders fully appraised of enemy reactions and helped to ensure the safe return of the downed pilot and all 60 personnel participating in the rescue effort.”


Service over self!
CTI1 Gary E. Coleman later retired as a LCDR.
Thank you for your service, LCDR Coleman!