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Date: June 19, 2081

It's not too often these days that we find true heros, men and women we can look up to and admire.  However, this reporter has learned of an incident that took place over the weekend where one courageous individual did indeed step forward and do something heroic.

The incident took place during a U.N. push against Israeli forces along our European border.  While the battle went well for us, we took heavy loses in certain areas. It is in one of these such areas where we find our hero.  The man in question is Gecko pilot.  For those of our readership who are not up to speed on current military units, the Gecko is our biggest assault helicopter.  Weighing in at nearly 35 tons, the Gecko tops out at 200mph.  It also mounts a T.B.E. 20, the biggest laser of its class.

Due to the heavy loses received we are not at liberty to disclose the exact location of the incident.  We are also banned from disclosing the name of the pilot.  His actions, however, have won him the [CLASSIFIED] awarded at a secret ceremony early this morning.

The U.N. forces had flanked our hero's position and come from behind.  Cut off from reinforcements and badly outnumbered, he realized that their only hope lay in using indirect fire to weaken the U.N. Forces before they managed to meet head to head.  At great personal risk to himself, our hero and his wingman flanked the U.N. troops and lined up behind them.  Watching his wingman die trying to get a lock on a Bulldog, our hero found himself facing a Bison that had turned to engage him.  Our hero managed to vaporize one of the enemy Prescotts before shots tore through his left armor and destroyed his laser.

From there, things went from bad to worse.  Machine gun fire from the entire flank of Prescotts began rattling him from the right.  Satisifed that he was no longer a threat, the Bison ignored him and continued to press the advance.  Our hero, now disarmed, decided to stay near the enemy forces to call in fire support.  Moving up with the flank, he took even more shots.  With his helicopter severely damaged, and now moving at barely half it's maximum speed, our hero selflessly continued with the flank desperately trying to get indirect fire on target.  However, it quickly became clear the battle was lost.

Instead of fleeing, our hero then began trying to outflank another Bison that had sustained damage earlier.  Our entire force had been decimated, leaving only our hero and three other units.  Still, he refused to abandon his fellow soldiers.  Outflanking the Bison he managed to feed the coordinates for indirect fire one last time.  The tank crew never got the message, they were already dead.  Realizing there was nothing more he could do, our hero finally left the field at the request of his commander, who was now engaged in close combat and no longer had use for indirect fire coordinates.  Our hero reluctantly limped his damaged Gecko back to base.

Analysis of the combat camera footage reaveled a minimum of 14 distinct attempts to shoot down the Gecko, which received at least five bursts of fire.  Our hero's actions went far above and beyond the call of duty, and he put himself at great personal risk for his unit.

We need more men and women like this man, and this journalist looks forward to the day when the records are unsealed and we can give this man a face and name.

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