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Nineteen Airmen of the Delaware Air Guard reach flying hour milestones

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Nineteen high flyers of the Delaware Air National Guard, who have accumulated from 2,500 to 7,500 safe flying hours, have been recognized for reaching Air Force flying hour milestones in the Air Mobility Command's Spring 2013 issue of The Mobility Forum.

Ten of the Airmen reside in Del., four Airmen reside in Pa., three Airmen reside in Md., one Airman resides in N.J. and one Airman resides in Va.

The Airmen, recognized with milestone, rank, name and current hometown, are:

7,500 Flying Hours Milestone:

Senior Master Sgt. Michael R. Pierson, loadmaster, resident of New Castle, Del.

6,500 Flying Hours Milestone:

Lt. Col. Timothy C. Casey
, pilot, resident of Nottingham, Pa.

5,000 Flying Hours Milestone:

Senior Master Sgt. James D. Scott, flight engineer, resident of Wilmington, Del.
Master Sgt. William M. Chakwin, flight engineer, resident of Middletown, Del.

3,500 Flying Hours Milestone:

Lt. Col. Daniel F. Sheridan
, pilot, resident of Newark, Del.
Master Sgt. Christopher J. Course, loadmaster, resident of Conowingo, Md.
Master Sgt. Domenic G. Esler, loadmaster, resident of Chalfont, Pa.
Master Sgt. Thomas M. Rutt, flight engineer, resident of Middletown, Del.
Master Sgt. Gerald K. Steele, loadmaster, resident of Chalfont, Pa.

2,500 Flying Hours Milestone:

Maj. Shannon E. Ayers, pilot, resident of Wilmington, Del.
Maj. Troy M. Bockius, pilot, resident of Wilmington, Del.
Maj. James Chaikowsky, navigator, resident of Chalfont, Pa.
Maj. Jeremy C. Meartz, pilot, resident of Bear, Del.
Maj. Eric B. Young, navigator, resident of Clayton, Del.
Capt. Gregory A. Boney, pilot, resident of Stafford, Va.
Master Sgt. Jamie D. Kohr, flight engineer, resident of Gambrills, Md.
Master Sgt. Michael J. Soltow, loadmaster, resident of Abington, Md.
Master Sgt. Andrew P. Spears, loadmaster, resident of Pennsville, N.J.
Tech. Sgt. Eric C. Lauppe, loadmaster, resident of Newark, Del.

166th Airlift Wing Commander Col. Mike Feeley said, "We are thrilled that these 19 dedicated aircrew members have received this well-deserved recognition. When their flight logs are tallied up, these Airmen have literally spent anywhere from one year to more than three working years in the sky. These hard-working Airmen are the crucial factor behind our successful C-130 aircraft combat and humanitarian relief missions."

The Delaware ANG has 1,100 members, and continually deploys personnel and subordinate units around the globe. This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

Delaware Air National Guard: Celebrating 67 years of Citizen-Airman service to our state and nation, 1946-2013

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