National Guard members honored at ceremony at Hancock Field Air Base
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 21:06:18 GMT —
More than 130 members of the 174th Attack Wing on Sunday were recognized during a ceremony at Hancock Field Air Base as part of program to honor their combat zone service.
The Hometown Heroes program started in 2008 and honors airmen who have been mobilized at home or overseas for 30 or more days since 9/11.
Six local members of the 174th Attack Wing were given Airman of the Year Recognitions:
· Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Reinhardt, of Liverpool:
Reinhardt voluntarily deployed to Afghanistan for six months and was responsible for overseeing a force of 950 people from seven countries. He also helped coordinate responses to 20 improvised explosive devices and 17 indirect fire attacks.
· Tech. Sgt. Brent Wightman, of Syracuse:
During a recent trip to Fort Indian Town Gap, Pa., Wightman was the range safety officer and oversaw the purchase of 114,000 rounds of ammunition.
· Tech. Sgt. Thomas Spier, of Mattydale:
Spier coordinated and finished more than 587 Honor Guard events.
· Airman Christopher Dorion, of Clay:
Dorion volunteers at his local church, and helps members with a youth drama group and fundraising.
· Master Sgt. Kim Lagoe, of Syracuse:
Lagoe implemented health, wellness and morale programs to help the attack wing.
· Senior Airman Drew Field, of Syracuse:
Field trained new airman and helped them get 100 percent combat ready status in six months - half the set time. He also deployed oversees and has been a part of several charity events for Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.