CAPT. HUGH E. WALKER III, 77 FS, SHAW AFB, S.C. Capt. Walker had an
uneventful takeoff and recovery in his F-16 until short final during the
landing phase of the mission. At that time, Capt. Walker encountered a
flock of birds and maintained superb aircraft control in order to
continue the landing. Without time to spare, he was able to maintain an
appropriate glide slope and airspeed for landing and was able to
determine that the aircraft was capable of landing. Capt. Walker landed
the aircraft uneventfully avoiding any further complications. In
addition to this event, during the months of Jan., Feb. and Mar., Capt.
Walker expertly organized and directed three LFEs within the local MOAs.
His steadfast dedication to safety contributed to the safe departure,
tactical employment and recovery of over 54 aircraft during the LFEs
without incident. Assets that were directly coordinated by Capt. Walker
include AWACS, KC-10s, F-16s, F-18s and F-15Es among various others.
With altitude de-confliction and training rules at the forefront of his
planning and execution phases, Capt. Walker showed outstanding
compliance with all applicable regulations to make these LFEs
challenging yet safe in all facets of the operation. Capt. Walker's
outstanding airmanship, dedication to safety and technical order
knowledge provided valuable training to all involved including three
mission commander up-grades as well as saving a $25M asset with no