Robert L. Cardenas

Robert L. Cardenas, Colonel, United States Air Force is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Colonel Robert L. Cardenas distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a combat strike pilot, flight leader, mission coordinator, and as Wing Commander of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing while deployed to a forward operating base in Southeast Asia on 8 May 1965. On that date, Colonel Cardenas demonstrated diligence and perseverance far exceeding that expected of an aircrew member in a hostile environment. His aerial actions resulted in significantly great contributions, both to the morale of his entire wing, and the effectiveness and success of the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia. His exceptional initiative in combat, and application of professional knowledge, served as an inspiration to all who served under him and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.