Salutes & Awards

May 4, 2012

Thunderbolt of the Week May 4, 2012


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Senior Airman Austin Kelley

56th Fighter Wing Command Post
Emergency Actions Controller

Hometown: Galveston Island, Texas

Years in service: Three

Family: Mother, Kimberly Kruisselbrink; father, Mike Kelley; brother, Stanton; and sister, Taylor

Education: Currently attending American Military University for emergency and disaster management

Inspirations: Supervision at the command post, friends and family

Goals: Get a bachelor’s degree

Self-description: Self motivated, outgoing, friendly and athletic

Famous last words: “Deuces!”

Off-duty interests: Baseball, golf, camping and being with friends

Commander’s comments: “Kelley’s work ethic and enthusiasm are an inspiration to anyone who has the pleasure of working with him,” said Maj. Michael Hurt, 56th FW Plans and Programs. He volunteered for a deployment where he excelled as a controller, proving himself during six real world missile launches and the crash of a predator where his coordination helped recover $2 million in sensitive assets. On top of this, he still found time to volunteer 25 hours to help build the Killed in Action Memorial. Back at home he also finds time. After 12-hour shifts, he reads to children at the Luke Elementary School and keeps a 96-percent average on his monthly emergency action proficiency tests.”




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