In early February, a Special Operations Forces (SOF) Air Commando received one of the most important awards in the defense industry.

Capt. Cole D. Geldernick, a Combat Aviation Advisor Air Liaison Officer serving with the 6th Special Operations Squadron (6th SOS), earned the 2018 National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict Superior Achievement Award.

Among his other achievements, Captain Geldernick is credited for coordinating the first utilization of the Cessna 208 aircraft in Close Air Support (CAS) roles. During this process, he trained operators for the 7th Special Forces Group and the 23 Special Tactics Squadron in the effective integration of the Cessna 208 to support troops in contact.

Captain Geldernick currently serves as the commanding officer of ground training in the CAS course for American, allied, and partner nations’ SOF. More specifically, the course assesses, trains, advises, and assists operators in airspace planning and Joint Terminal Attack procedures (JTAC).