Wendy Smith, second from right, an air traffic controller at the Albuquerque International Sunport/Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., receives a coin Jan. 8, 2021, from Lt. Col. Brett Cassidy, 71st Special Operations Squadron commander, right. For her actions Nov. 10, 2020, Smith is credited with preventing a "catastrophic failure" of a CV-22 that could have claimed the lives of the six crew members aboard and possibly destroyed a $90 million aircraft. Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Moore, 71st SOS superintendent, left, and Lt. Col. William Mendel, 71st SOS operations officer, second from left, also attended the presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Cochran.)
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