Salutes & Awards

May 9, 2018
 

D-M Airman awarded ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore
Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Capt. Ridge Flick, 354th Fighter Squadron Weapons and Tactics chief, poses in fornt of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 3, 2018. Flick was named the 2017 Air Combat Command Company Grade Officer of the Year.

Capt. Ridge Flick, 354th Fighter Squadron Weapons and Tactics chief at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., was named the 2017 Air Combat Command Company Grade Officer of the Year.

The ACC Company Grade Officer of the Year is awarded to an officer that shows extraordinary leadership, expertise and commitment not only in their career field, but in their everyday lives as well.

Flick garnered this award for his support of the 354th FS during Operation Inherent Resolve. As chief of tactics during his deployment, Flick lead a strike package consisting of six A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and two F-15 Strike Eagles as well as tracked down any weapons problems in order to fix them.

“What motivates me is supporting our troops and isolated personnel on the ground,” Flick said. “Those guys need my squadron to be at their absolute best at all times in order to provide effective support.”

Because of his efforts, the 354th FS dropped more weapons on a deployment than any A-10 squadron in history.

Flick’s commitment to excellence also extends to his home life. He and his wife give back to the city of Tucson by volunteering weekly at a wildlife refuge.

“Since we go every week, we get to see these animals go through the entire rehab process from entry to release,” Flick said. “I truly enjoy dedicating my time to this refuge.”

Flick and his wife have recently become certified to handle birds of prey, allowing them to further aid the wildlife refuge.

Flick’s actions on and off the job truly display the Air Force Core Value of “Excellence in All We Do.” Though the award is meant for an individual, Flick believes that this triumph was a group effort.

“In my mind, this is a 354th award,” Flick said. “This is an amazing squadron with amazing personnel, and I couldn’t have gotten this award if it wasn’t for them.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore

355th MDOS hosts first annual Suicide Prevention Week

Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore Capt. Teresa Thompson, 355th Medical Operations Squadron Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program manager, talks to an individual about mental awareness during the ...
 
 

Boeing, Cathay Pacific to donate world’s 1st 777 to Aviation Museum

Boeing and Cathay Pacific announced today that they are donating the first-ever Boeing 777 airplane to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona, one of the world’s largest facilities devoted to celebrating aerospace. The iconic airplane (line number WA001 and registered B-HNL) flew from Cathay Pacific’s home airport in Hong Kong to Tucson, Arizona...
 
 
Air National Guard photograph by Staff Sgt. George Keck

Arizona Air National Guard’s first deployment in 31 years

Air National Guard photograph by Staff Sgt. George Keck Staff Sgt. Luke Arandules, a 195th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, Arizona Air National Guard, performs a final inspection for debris around the intake of an F-16 Fi...