Monday, April 18, 2011
Real Heroes - David Kendrick
Nominator: Milford B. Whitson
Petty Officer David Kendrick is a Radar Approach Controller at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore. On April 10, 2010, during his routine shift in the control tower, Petty Officer Kendrick became aware of a light civil aircraft experiencing an in-flight emergency and needing immediate assistance.
Petty Officer Kendrick soon determined that the aircraft had experienced complete engine failure and would need to be guided to safety. After informing the pilot of the graveness of the situation, it became apparent that Kendrick would need to use his extraordinary equipment knowledge to instruct the frantic pilot to a safe landing.
Once determining which airfield would be the safest for landing, Petty Officer Kendrick utilized his cursor bearing equipment and distance charts to instruct the pilot to a safe landing. During this time he also notified the civilian law enforcement agency for additional back up on the ground. After some very tense minutes, the pilot was able to safely land the aircraft at the designated airfield.
Petty Officer Kendrick’s professionalism, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty, reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Navy.