During the 4th quarter, 1967 Air Force Academy graduate, retired Brigadier General Dale E. Stovall was awarded this year's Master Sergeant John A. Chapman, Service Before Self award. This award is dedicated in the memory of Chapman who was awarded the Medal of Honor, for his extraordinary heroism as an Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man.
In 1972 Captain Stovall, flying a HH-53C helicopter, rescued 12 downed U.S. airmen from North Vietnam and Loas. His first pick-up was Captain Roger Locher, an F-4 Weapons Systems Operator, who was in the jungle for 23 days (Oyster 01B). Captain Stovall’s first attempt was thwarted by numerous hostile aircraft and missiles. Determined to save this airman, he returned to this high threat area, braving intense fire and recovered Capt. Roger Locher in the deepest known North Vietnam rescue. Because of his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Stovall was awarded the Air Force Cross, an honor bravery second only to the MOH. General Stovall combat decorations include two Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and six Air Medals.
The Presentation group, amid freezing temperatures presented Brigadier General Stovall the Master Sergeant John A. Chapman award, which represents the highest level of commitment to the United States Air Force core value of, "Service Before Self".
(Left to Right)
- Executive Director and Former AF Staff Sergeant, Andrea Dellinger,
- President and Retired AF Chief Master Sergeant Mike Lamonica,
- Kevin Chapman MSgt John Chapman’s brother,
- Retired Brigadier General Dale Stovall, this year’s recipient of the Master Sergeant John A. Chapman “Service Before Self” award,
- Nathan Pine Air Force Academy athletic director,