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Awards recognize Air Force Reserve safety performances

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Air Force Reserve Command officials announced in January the command’s safety award winners for 2005.

The awards recognize achievements in flight, ground and weapons safety along with well-done performances between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005.

The 944th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Ariz., captured the most individual and program awards.

In flight safety, Col. Udo K. McGregor and his nine-person C-5 aircrew from the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., received the aircrew distinction award. Other members of the crew are Majs. Lee A. Fueling and Justin T. Greiner, Senior Master Sgt. Richard W. Turpin, Master Sgts. Robert P. Morin, Gregory A. Baker and Robert R. Motley, Tech. Sgt. Richard W. Gauvreau, Staff Sgt. Michael J. Pasternak, and Senior Airman Ryan C. Johnson.

Lt. Col. Christian R. Fellhoelter of Luke’s 944th FW was named the top flight safety officer in the primary duty category. Lt. Col. William B. Featherson, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif., was chosen the best additional duty flight safety officer. Luke’s 944th FW also had the distinction of having the best flight office, and the 315th AW, Charleston AFB, S.C., garnered the flight safety achievement award.

In ground safety, Senior Master Sgt. Michael E. Eckert of Luke’s 944th FW was selected the top NCO, and Terry D. Goines of the 926th FW, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., was picked as the top civilian. Travis’ 349th AMW got the ground safety achievement award.

The weapons safety NCO award went to Master Sgt. Michael R. Sherman, 301st FW, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas. Charles D. Hill and his 944th FW program at Luke got the civilian weapons safety award and weapons safety achievement award.

Maj. Mark J. Tirrell of Westover’s 439th AW received the aviation well-done award. A 301st FW crash recovery crew from NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas, took the ground well-done award. Members of the crew are Senior Master Sgt. Dennis J. Walters, Tech. Sgt. Mike A. Donnelly, and Staff Sgts. Jeffrey D. Powers and Todd A Sigler. (AFRC News Service)