Roger J. Flanik

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Roger J. Flanik for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an EB-66 Aircraft Commander over Southeast Asia on 2 April 1972. On that date, while in support of a heavy bomber strike, his aircraft came under attack by two or more surface-to-air missile complexes. Despite the personal risks involved, Major Flanik exhibited outstanding airmanship by executing timely evasive action which resulted in the successful completion of a critical mission and subsequent safe egress of his aircraft crew. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Flanik reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.