Salutes & Awards

January 24, 2014

Salutes and Awards

AFRC names colonel selects

The following lieutenant colonels were selected for promotion to colonel in the 944th

Fighter Wing:

Scott Banning, 924th Fighter Group
Gerald Brown, 69th Fighter
Squadron
Michael Chesser, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron
William James, 924th FG
John Lyons, 69th FS
Douglas Meyers, 944th Operations Group

Groups announce annual award winners

The following units and individuals received group annual awards:

56th Operations Group

Airman: Senior Airman Paul Borja, 607th Air Combat Squadron
NCO: Staff Sgt. Breanne Coderre, 56th Operations
Support Squadron
Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Emery Branham, 607th ACS
Company grade officer: Capt. Shane Kinsman,
607th ACS
Field grade officer: Maj. Nicholas Holmes,
425th Fighter Squadron
Flight commander: Capt. Daniel Wynn, 56th OSS
Lt. Frank Luke Jr. company grade officer instructor pilot: Capt. Joshua Arki, 61st FS
Maj. Troy Gilbert field grade officer instructor pilot:
Maj. Patrick McGarry, 56th Training Squadron
Civilian (Category I): Larry Binnion, 56th OG
Civilian (Category II): Gregory Daniels, 56th OG
Squadron: 310th FS
Support Squadron: 56th OSS

56th Mission Support Group

Airman: Airman 1st Class Anthony Navarra, 56th Communications Squadron
NCO: Staff Sgt. Matthew Salyers, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron
Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Francis Warren, 56th Security Forces Squadron
Company grade officer: Capt. Andrew Stolten,
56th SFS
Field grade officer: Maj. Christopher Schnipke, 56th CES
Civilian (Category I): Chad Lavalley, 56th Contracting Squadron
Civilian (Category II): Michael Foster, 56th CONS
Civilian (Category III): Tauny Woo, 56th CES

56th Medical Group

Airman: Airman 1st Class Karli Root, 56th Medical Support Squadron
NCO: Tech. Sgt. Loraine Reese, 56th Dental Squadron
Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Kelbey Norton, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
Company grade officer: Capt. Peter Easter, 56th Medical Operations Squadron
Field grade officer: Maj. Betty Venth, 56th MDSS
Civilian (Category I): Karmen Carter, 56th MDSS
Civilian (Category II): David Thomas, 56th AMDS
Red Cross volunteer: John Sellers




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No one flies until flight med gives OK

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