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Sponsors: Reps. Martin, Miller, Neilson, Ceips, Cobb-Hunter, Freeman, Gilham, Haskins, Hinson, Moody-Lawrence, Parks, G.M. Smith and Young
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Introduced in the House on April 30, 2003
Introduced in the Senate on May 1, 2003
Adopted by the General Assembly on May 1, 2003
Summary: Captain Kim "Killer Chick" Campbell
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/30/2003 House Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate HJ-104 5/1/2003 Senate Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence SJ-12
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TO COMMEND CAPTAIN KIM "KILLER CHICK" CAMPBELL, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, FOR HER TREMENDOUS COURAGE, TENACITY, AND BRAVERY DISPLAYED OVER BAGHDAD, IRAQ, WHEN HER A-10 "WARTHOG" WAS HIT AND SEVERELY DAMAGED BY IRAQI GROUND AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE, TO CONGRATULATE HER ON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING HER MISSION OF PROVIDING CLOSE AIR SUPPORT FOR GROUND TROOPS THEN ENGAGED WITH ENEMY IRREGULAR AND IRAQI FORCES AND RETURNING HER CRIPPLED A-10 "WARTHOG" TO BASE AND A SAFE LANDING AFTER HER HYDRAULIC CONTROLS WERE SHOT AWAY, AND TO WISH HER EVERY SUCCESS IN HER MILITARY CAREER AND IN ALL OF HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
Whereas, Captain Kim Campbell, United States Air Force, is a native of San Jose, California, assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group from Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. She was one of one hundred fourteen active-duty female fighter and bomber pilots in the U.S. military in 2001 and, in 2002, flew twenty combat missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Captain Campbell also has experienced enemy fire while patrolling Iraq's no-fly zone; and
Whereas, Captain Campbell deployed to Kuwait with her unit in late February or early March of 2003. At the start of the war to remove Saddam Hussein and rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, she flew at least two missions a day over Iraq; and
Whereas, called "KC" - short for "Killer Chick" - by her fellow officers, Captain Campbell was flying over Baghdad in her A-10 Warthog on Monday, April 7, 2003, when she received a call for assistance from coalition troops hotly engaged with enemy forces on the ground; and
Whereas, Captain Campbell promptly responded by delivering her ordnance on enemy forces and targeted positions and, having completed her close air support mission, was returning to her base in Kuwait. On her way back after the mission, her A-10 "Wart-hog" was hit by enemy ground fire. With large chunks of her plane shot away, Captain Campbell felt an abrupt jolt as something struck her aircraft and warning lights started to flash on her cockpit panels; and
Whereas, the plane rolled left and pointed at the ground, which is not a comforting feeling over Baghdad. The A-10's hydraulic systems were damaged, disabling the flight controls, landing gear and brakes among other critical systems, including part of the plane's stabilizer. But the manual flight controls continued to work; and
Whereas, for one tense hour, crew members at the air base and other A-10 "Wart-hog" pilots anxiously awaited Captain Campbell's return. Emerging from the murky morning skies, Captain Campbell landed her battle-scarred "Hawg", as she affectionately refers to her A-10, nearly perfectly, the Air Force Times reported; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly are proud to honor Captain Kim Campbell, United States Air Force, for her courage, tenacity, and determination to complete her mission under extreme conditions. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, commend Captain Kim "Killer Chick" Campbell, United States Air Force, for her tremendous courage, tenacity, and bravery displayed over Baghdad, Iraq, when her A-10 "Warthog" was hit and severely damaged by Iraqi ground fire, congratulate her on successfully completing her mission of providing close air support for ground troops then engaged with enemy irregular and Iraqi forces and returning her crippled A-10 "Warthog" to base and a safe landing after her hydraulic controls were shot away, and wish her every success in her military career and in all of her future endeavors.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Captain Kim Campbell, United States Air Force.
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