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CV-22 leader receives prestigious award

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jeff Parkinson
  • 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Travis Hill, 8th Special Operations Squadron commander, received the Office of Strategic Services John Singlaub Award during the William J. Donovan Dinner in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24.

"If it were up to him he would rather his service be unchronicled, giving all the credit to his fellow Airmen and Special Operations Forces brethren,” said Col. Shawn Cameron, 1st Special Operations Group commander. “His career has been truly remarkable. Travis has planned, executed and led some of the most daring and complex SOF missions since 9/11.”


The award encompasses multiple actions that Hill coordinated or assisted in during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and other small-scale contingencies, where he worked in conjunction with special operations teams and State Department partners.


“It's humbling to be recognized by such an amazing organization as the OSS and Maj. Gen. Singlaub, a man that epitomizes special operations principles,” said Hill.


Hill received this career award based on his 23 years of military service.


“His relentless commitment to the mission and pursuit of excellence is unrivaled. He is an incredible pilot but more importantly, an incredible leader, which is why he was personally chosen to command a second squadron,” Cameron added. “I can think of no better recipient for the John Singlaub Award."


The John Singlaub Award is named in honor of Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub, chairman of the Office of Strategic Services Society, and is presented to an active-duty member serving under the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Singlaub is a highly-decorated former OSS officer, a retired major general in the United States Army and a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency.