Army Sgt. Chance D. Buffkin, a 2012 graduate of Franklin County High School, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, given to those who have shown “extraordinary heroism while participating in aerial flight while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States.”
Buffkin, with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, was awarded the medal on Sept. 10, by direction of President Trump. It was presented him on Oct. 26 at Hunter Army Airfield, in Savannah, Georgia, where Buffkin’s unit is stationed.
Buffkin is the son of Sonja Buffkin of Carrabelle, and Glenn Buffkin, of Carrabelle. Buffkin’s mom attended the ceremony, as well as his cousin Austin Gray, and his aunt, Elaine Laszlo.
Buffkin’s unit is known as the Night Stalkers. He earned the medal for service while deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year.
The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to U.S. and foreign military personnel and civilians who have displayed heroism in combat as part of military operations involving conflict with a foreign force, or while serving with a friendly nation engaged in armed conflict against a force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.