First female recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross
Lori was piloting her Kiowa Warrior helicopter in Iraq in March 2006 when insurgents began firing at her and her lead helicopter. She quickly maneuvered to draw fire away while providing suppressive fire for the troops fighting on the ground. Although damaged by enemy fire, she continued to provide aerial cover and communications for the ground forces attempting to reach safety. She maintained her aerial position despite flying a damaged aircraft and suffering a shot to the ankle. She landed her helicopter safely, saving both her crew and the helicopter.