Firefighter To Receive Prestigious Air Force Award

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-94
Date:  September 09, 2013

Senior Master Sergeant Timothy Nicholson is one of ten airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, who will receive one of the Air National Guard's most prestigious awards for actions during an in-flight incident while overseas, September 16, 2013, at the 2013 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland. He and his crew will receive the 2013 Earl T. Ricks Award for Outstanding Airmanship for their actions during an emergency incident on April 19, 2013.

The crew's quick thinking and exemplary teamwork allowed all of its members to return safely to base after their C-5 Galaxy aircraft suffered multiple bird strikes during takeoff that severely damaged two of its engines. While airborne, the crew quickly assessed the situation and was able to land and safely evacuate the aircraft.

The Earl T. Ricks award, a national award for Air National Guard personnel, was established in 1954 in honor of Maj. Gen. Earl T. Ricks who served as chief of the Air Force Division, National Guard Bureau.

Nicholson is a lieutenant in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, assigned to Fire and Rescue Station 29, Tysons Corner.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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