By Staff Writer
The Air Mobility Command Well Done Award is presented to Maj Daniel S. Jones in recognition of outstanding contributions to the 2d Air Refueling Squadron, 305th Operations Group, 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, on October 25, 2022. During a night training sortie, Jones executed an aircraft formation with a KC-46A Pegasus while commanding a C-17A Globemaster III crippled with limited communication capabilities. Upon completion of aerial refueling, the C-17A experienced multiple system failures resulting in a loss of radio contact with Air Traffic Control. Fortunately, the C-17A was still capable of maintaining communication with the KC-46A. Together, the crews established an unplanned, dissimilar-aircraft formation, relying on skill and experience to safely maintain distance because no specific guidance exists for maneuvering such a formation. In addition, the formation was confronted with deteriorating weather, forcing the crews to conduct an approach to weather minimums, execute a missed approach, and reassemble the formation. The crew’s creativity and quick thinking resulted in the successful recovery of both aircraft. Jones’ distinctive accomplishments reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.