Retired Chief Master Sergeant Don A. Beasley had a distinguished Air Force career spanned 31 years. During this time, he had 500 parachute jumps with over 10,000 flying hours and numerous sea and land rescues. He supported the first helicopter flight around the world by providing a rescue capability for the crew. While assigned to the US space programs, he developed the Pararescue method of attaching the flotation collars for the Apollo and Gemini spacecrafts. After his long Air Force career he continues to support service members working with both the Disabled American Veterans Organization and Veterins Affairs. CMSgt Beasley’s wisdom and innovative methods have had a lasting impact on the Armed Services.
Years Honored: 2019
Chief Master Sergeant Don A. Beasley was selected as an eagle for his outstanding, innovative contributions to pararescue especially the Apollo and Gemini missions. He also assured the crew members on the first helicopter flight around the world, serving as the lead pararescue on the mission.