NEW CASTLE, Delaware -- The Delaware Air National Guard will host their 16th Annual Retirees' Breakfast tomorrow morning Oct. 14, with about 200 retirees of the unit attending.
The unit will recognize Capt. (Ret.) Thomas W. Nale III as their 2012 ANG Honoree. Capt. Nale was a Del. ANG fighter pilot and veteran of the Korean War where he flew F-86 aircraft in combat. A C-130 aircraft will be named in his honor for FY 2012 and his name will be painted on the aircraft alongside an emblem of Caesar Rodney on horseback.
A Delaware ANG year-in-review presentation will take place at 7:30 a.m. in Headquarters, with breakfast to follow in the McCallister Memorial Aerospace Dining Facility.
During the breakfast, two more Airmen will be recognized for their achievements in reaching flying hour milestones; one for a retired member for a milestone reached 21 years ago, and one for a current member for a milestone reached this year.
Senior Master Sgt (Ret.) John R. Quigley, a C-130 aircraft flight engineer and combat veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-1991), will receive the Military Airlift Command Individual Flying-Hour Milestone Award for attaining 15,000 mishap-free flying hours. In the midst of the unit preparing for overseas deployment in August 1990, the presentation of this award was overlooked. Sgt. Quigley will be present to receive his overdue award and recognition.
Master Sgt. James D. Godby, an instructor loadmaster and a current member of the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Del. ANG, reached the 10,000 mishap-free flying hour milestone last month, and he will also be recognized in person and presented his Air Mobility Command award.
These two Airmen join a small and very distinguished group of unit members who have attained 10,000 or more mishap-free flying hours. Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Raymond Holder was recognized for attaining 12,000 mishap-free flying hours, and Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Charles Perry was recognized for attaining 10,000 mishap-free flying hours.
The AMC Individual Mishap-Free Flying-Hour Milestone Award recognizes a significant number of mishap-free military flying-hours. Milestones are: 1,500 hours, 2,500 hours, 3,500 hours, 5,000 hours, 6,500 hours, 7,500 hours, 8,500 hours, 10,000 hours, 12,500 hours, 15,000 hours, and 20,000 hours.
The Delaware ANG has 1,100 members, and continually deploys personnel and subordinate units around the globe.
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Delaware Air National Guard: Celebrating 65 years of Citizen-Airman service to our state and nation, 1946-2011
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Interested news media are invited and should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m., but need to call ahead to 302-593-2126. The event will begin inside Del. ANG Headquarters, 2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, DE 19720. Media should enter the base from Commons Boulevard and follow the signs for "Delaware Air National Guard."
Contact Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey, Public Affairs specialist, (302) 323-3369, or cell (302) 593-2126.