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Air Force Capt. Kristen M. Cangelosi

October 3, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Air Force Capt. Kristen M. Cangelosi received the Lance P. Sijan Award for exemplifying outstanding leadership of the highest order. The annual award is given to senior and junior officers and enlisted airman at the command level and below.

The award is in honor of Air Force 1st Lt. Lance P. Sijan for his bravery, courage, and leadership when he was captured as a POW in North Vietnam in 1967. He was the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive posthumously the Medal of Honor and promoted to captain.

The lieutenant was shot down while flying in his F-4 Phantom fighter during a flying mission over enemy territory. Rescue attempts by U.S. military rescue teams were ineffective due to encounters with heavy enemy ground fire. He was imprisoned in a Hanoi POW camp, where he was interrogated, tortured and beaten. He escaped from the POW camps several times but was recaptured every time. The lieutenant suffered physically from beatings along with improper nutrition and lack of medical attention, which eventually contributed to Sijan's death while in service to his country. He never gave up and never gave his captors anything but his name.

Cangelosi is currently serving as Nuclear Security Inspector at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. She has served in the Air Force Active for 10 years.

She is the daughter of Edward and Dara Cangelosi of Windermere, Fla.; sister of Edward C. Cangelosi of Dallas, Texas, and granddaughter of Glenda Crase of Cape Coral.

Cangelosi is a 1999 graduate of Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, N.H. She earned an bachelor's degree in 2003 from Roanoke College, Salem, Va.

 
 
 

 

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