John P. Alkema, Jr.

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major John P. Alkema, Jr. for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Forward Air Controller at Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam from 31 July 1968 to 18 June 1969. During this period, Major Alkema flew extremely hazardous missions through adverse weather conditions and through the constant threat of hostile ground fire and attack. In spite of this, he superbly accomplished these highly intricate and hazardous missions in support of free world forces combating aggression. Through his personal bravery and energetic application of his knowledge and skill, he significantly furthered the goal of the United States in Southeast Asia. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Alkema reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.