Rock Sherman, an Air Force veteran and a managing director at FedEx Ground shares his appreciation for Chris: "Chris is a true hero who was on the ground looking the enemy in the eye during [the Gulf War]. I engaged the enemy, too, but from the air. There's a difference." Chris, along with members of his unit in Baghdad, Iraq received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in the combat zone.
Chris, too, is quick to point out that Rock's roll in the Gulf War was also laudable. "Rock was a Wild Weasel," Chris states. "Wild Weasels are first in, last out in a combat zone. Their goal is to shut down the enemy's radar via direct attacks."
Achieving that goal earned Rock his own medal — the Distinguished Flying Cross. The medal is awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. Rock, the lead F-4 Wild Weasel protecting an F-111 bombing raid over Baghdad, ran out of missiles. "I made spoofer calls and used flairs and other tricks to make the enemy think I was firing." While Rock was engaged in battle, a surface-to-air missile locked on and exploded about 1500 feet to the side of his Phantom. No battle damage was sustained.