Salutes & Awards

July 20, 2012

Thunderbolt of the Week – July 20, 2012

Staff Sgt. Alton Wingate

56th Component Maintenance Squadron
PMEL journeyman

Hometown: San Diego

Years in service: Six

Education: Community College of the Air Force degree in electrical systems technology

Previous assignments: Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; and Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea

Inspirations: Mother and father

Goals: Earn a physician assistant certificate through the Air Force Commissioning Program and earn a degree in quantitative finance

Greatest feat: First in the family to join the Air Force

Self-description: Relaxed, laid back, happy and self-motivated

Famous last words: “Never forget to smile …”

Off-duty interests: Working on BMWs, auto racing, tennis, basketball and community service

Commander’s comments: “Staff Sgt. Wingate is a hard-charging, motivated NCO who sets the example for all Airmen to follow,” said Lt. Col. James Blackman, 56th CMS commander. “He was hand-selected to take over in the unit programs office to be in charge of safety, vehicles, and facilities while also the alternate resource advisor and unit fitness monitor. The selection was based on his superb professionalism, dedication, self-motivation and professional image. He is truly an asset to the 56th CMS, and we are lucky to have him.”




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