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Jackal Stone Nightstalkers.

Special operations soldiers from Croatia, Hungary and Poland form a defensive perimeter after departing from a U.S. Army MH-47 Chinook helicopter, assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, during fast rope insertion/extraction system training as part of the Jackal Stone 2009 exercise held in in Kovachevo, Croatia. The international special operations exercise, co-organized by the Special Operations Battalion of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, enhanced the capabilities and interoperability of the participating soldiers.

(Courtesy photos, 9 SEP 2009.)

Capt. Jonathan Mulder, company commander, Company D, Task Force Lobos, 1st Air Cavalry Division, originally from South Holland, Ill., is congratulated by Col. John Novalis, commander, 1st ACB after Mulder was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony Sept. 11. On the night of April 25, 2010, while assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Mulder was the air mission commander for an operation conducted in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mulder, while piloting a MH-47G Chinook helicopter, coordinated the rescue of another aircraft after it was critically damaged from enemy fire, while his aircraft simultaneously took heavy enemy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire from numerous locations, according to the award’s citation.