U.S. Air Force Capt. Nathan R. Lowry, a member of the West High School Class of 2003, received the Air Force’s 2013 Aviator Valor Award on May 18.
The award was first given in 1952 to recognize a military aviator who had shown bravery in flight during the preceding year. The Air Force, the Army and the Navy each now select one honoree a year. Among the recipients was Major Charles E. Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier.
Lowry graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2007 and serves as an instructor pilot and chief of training for the 41st Rescue Squadron.
While in Afghanistan from March to December 2013, he led two helicopters under heavy fire to save four wounded Afghan army soldiers who had been clearing a hostile area. Lowry also led a formation through a dust storm at night in the mountains to provide essential supplies to 226 U.S. Marines, who successfully fought off an attack the next day.
He is the son of Linda and Jack Lowry of Tracy.
Kimball seniors answer call to serve
Nine Kimball High School seniors of the Class of 2014 have signed contracts to join the United States Armed Forces following their graduation Saturday.
Robert Avila, Anthony Baty, Lorraine Coulter, Kodie Giannola-Ward and Devin Rodrigues are entering the Navy. Jake Murray and William “Robbie” Robinson III are going into the Army. Jarriel Bolusan is entering the Marine Corps, and Navkirat Mann is joining the California National Guard.
Avila, 18, and Giannola-Ward, 17, will become operations specialists, and Baty, 18, will train as a master-at-arms. Coulter, 18, will be a gunner’s mate and Rodrigues, also 18, a quartermaster. Robinson, 18, will train as a combat medic, while Murray, 17, will go into linguistics. Bolusan, 18, will join the Marines’ security forces. Mann, 18, expects to work in chemical equipment repair.
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