NCOA
The Airey NCO Academy class 12-5 recently renamed one of the 13 flights housed at the school after Master Sgt. [Retired] Navid Garshasb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rachelle Elsea)
Airey NCOA renames flight



by Senior Airman Rachelle Elsea
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


7/12/2012 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  -- The Airey NCO Academy class 12-5 recently renamed one of the 13 flights housed at the school after Retired Master Sgt. Navid Garshasb.

This is the eighth consecutive flight the school has renamed in an effort to have each classes special activities council re-dedicate a room to an individual of their choice.

Garshasb, a Bronze Star and William H. Pitsenbarger Award recipient, is known for his heroic actions on Nov. 2, 2001 in the hills of Afghanistan. On that day, more than a decade ago, he was aboard a MH-53 Pave Low helicopter that unexpectedly crashed, leaving himself and several other crew members injured. 

While waiting for rescue aircraft, they were approached by approximately 15 native and potentially hostile forces. Sergeant Garshasb dropped his weapon and selflessly decided to approach the individuals and use his role as an airborne linguist to defuse the situation.

Due to these actions, the rescue was a success. When they were finally airlifted, it was reported that he suffered from two fractured vertebrae, a fractured rib and hypothermia.

Garshasb, his wife, a few family and friends attended the renaming ceremony. During the NCOA's dedication speech, the class recognized Garshasb's unparralled dedication, not only to his duty, but also to his crew. His actions revealed a model warrior ethos for all.