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Thirteen Airmen in 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard recognized for flying hour milestones

Delaware Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircrew, from left,  Master Sgt. Mike Murphy, flight engineer, Capt. Troy Bockius, aircraft commander and 1st Lt. Anthony Carunchio, pilot, prepare to taxi their aircraft at the New Castle County Airport, Del., June 14 for a training flight commemorating the 166th Airlift Wing's 160,000th accident-free flight hour. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mike R Smith, National Guard Bureau)

Delaware Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircrew, from left, Master Sgt. Mike Murphy, flight engineer, Capt. Troy Bockius, aircraft commander and 1st Lt. Anthony Carunchio, pilot, prepare to taxi their aircraft at the New Castle County Airport, Del., June 14, 2007 for a training flight commemorating the 166th Airlift Wing's 160,000th accident-free flight hour. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mike R Smith, National Guard Bureau)

Capt. Andrew Sides scans for another aircraft while flying a C-130 Hercules on a combat mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on Monday, June 19. Captain Sides is a pilot deployed to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from the Delaware Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. David Kurle)

Captain Andrew Sides scans for another aircraft while flying a C-130 Hercules on a combat mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on June 19, 2006. Capt. Sides is a pilot deployed to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from the Delaware Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. David Kurle)

Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) John R. Quigley (left), a Del. Air National Guard C-130 aircraft flight engineer and combat veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-1991), and a resident of Frankford, Del., is presented the Military Airlift Command Individual Flying-Hour Milestone Award for attaining 15,000 mishap-free flying hours by 166th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Jonathan Groff during the 16th Annual Del. Air National Guard Retirees' Breakfast and FY 2012 Honoree ceremony on Oct. 14, 2011 at wing HQ, New Castle, Del. This award was overlooked 21 years ago as the unit prepared to deploy overseas in Aug. 1990 after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Master Sgt. James D. Godby (right), an instructor loadmaster and current member of the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Del. ANG, and a resident of Newark, Del. reached the 10,000 mishap-free flying hour milestone last month, and is presented the Air Mobility Command award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Harold Herglotz)

Retired Senior Master Sgt. John R. Quigley (left), a Del. Air National Guard C-130 aircraft flight engineer and combat veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-1991), and a resident of Frankford, Del., is presented the Military Airlift Command Individual Flying-Hour Milestone Award for attaining 15,000 mishap-free flying hours by 166th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Jonathan Groff during the 16th Annual Del. ANG Retirees' Breakfast and FY 2012 Honoree ceremony on Oct. 14, 2011 at wing HQ, New Castle ANG Base, Del. This award was overlooked 21 years ago as the unit prepared to deploy overseas in Aug. 1990 after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Master Sgt. James D. Godby (right), an instructor loadmaster and current member of the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Del. ANG, and a resident of Newark, Del. reached the 10,000 mishap-free flying hour milestone last month, and is presented the Air Mobility Command award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Harold Herglotz)

NEW CASTLE, Delaware -- Thirteen Airmen in the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard, part of the 166th Airlift Wing at the New Castle ANG Base, have their flying hour milestones recognized in the Winter 2011/2012 issue of The Mobility Forum, the official publication of the Air Mobility Command, Director of Safety.

The Airmen serve in a variety of positions as flight crew aboard the flying unit's C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, known as the workhorse of the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft is flown around the world, and for nearly 10 years has flown throughout combat zones in Southwest Asia. These 13 Delaware ANG Airmen have flown throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, and to most of the continents on earth in support of both combat and humanitarian relief missions.

Flying Hour Milestones: 142nd Airlift Squadron, New Castle, DE

10,000 Hours:

  • Master Sgt. James D. Godby, a C-130 Hercules transport instructor loadmaster 
5,000 Hours:

  • Lt. Col. John L. DiSanto, a C-130 Hercules transport pilot
3,500 Hours:

  • Lt. Col. Eric B. Longsworth, a C-130 Hercules transport pilot
  • Maj. Keith B. Frister, a C-130 Hercules transport pilot and aircraft commander
  • Maj. Andrew P. Sides, a C-130 Hercules transport pilot
  • Senior Master Sgt. Michael S. Murphy, a C-130 Hercules transport flight engineer 
  • Master Sgt. William M. Chakwin, a C-130 Hercules transport flight engineer
  • Master Sgt. Christopher J. Coarse, a C-130 Hercules transport loadmaster
2,500 Hours:
  • Maj. Lynn K. Robinson, Jr., a C-130 Hercules transport navigator
  • Maj. Steven A. Sheldon, a C-130 Hercules transport navigator
  • Maj. Jason O. Strickland, a C-130 Hercules transport pilot and aircraft commander 
  • Maj. Christopher S. Strickler,  a C-130 Hercules transport navigator
  • Maj. Eric B. Young, a C-130 Hercules transport navigator

Editors' note: Story updated Feb. 16, 2012 with additional detail.