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Air traffic controller at Kirtland AFB credited with saving CV-22 crew, aircraft

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — An air traffic controller working in the tower at Kirtland Air Force Base/Albuquerque International Sunport is credited with saving the lives of six U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey aircrew members assigned here and a $90 million aircraft.

Wendy Smith, a NATCA member from Albuquerque ATCT (ABQ), received a coin Jan. 8, 2021, from the 71st Special Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Brett Cassidy, for her actions on Nov. 10, 2020.

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