Also stationed stateside at Keesler AFB, Shaw AFB, Lackland AFB, Minot AFB.
CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIR COMMANDO ASSOCIATION’S COMMANDER’S LEADERSHIP AWARD TO STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL C. DUCKENS Staff Sergeant Michael C. Duckens distinguished himself as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Host Aviation Resource Management, 58th Special Operations Support Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, from 1 June 2013 to 31 May 2014. During this period, Sergeant Duckens led the Host Aviation Resource Management office while the Chief was deployed, managing over 800 flight records, supervising five Airmen and flawlessly running one of Air Education and Training Command’s largest Host Aviation Resource Management offices. Sergeant Duckens meticulously managed the wing’s flight and jump pay, submitting over 500 pay cases to finance, resulting in over 75,000 dollars in incentive pay being paid out. While deployed with a joint unit, Sergeant Duckens processed over 3,000 Air Mission Requests, transporting more than 30,000 passengers, over 500,000 metric tons of cargo, along with coordinating Air Weapons Team missions and distinguished visitor flights for all of Eastern Afghanistan. His outstanding commitment to the deployed mission was recognized by the command of Camp Morehead with a letter of appreciation and an Army commendation medal from the 10th Mountain Division. Finally, Sergeant Duckens tremendous efforts culminated in him winning Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2013 for the 58th Operations Support Squadron, while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average at Grand Canyon University while taking eight credit hours towards his Bachelor of Religious Studies degree. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Duckens reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
No one will remember you for what you've done, but for how you have done it. The harder you work, the luckier you get Luck is where opportunity meets preparedness Set your people up for success If you're mad, you're wrong
I enlisted in April 1951 and my squadron was the first to be issued the new blue uniforms. When I left basic training to go to tech school at what was then Oklahoma A&M, I was issued the blue uniform except Supply did not have a winter coat for me! My name then was Caroline Lindroth from Cooperstown NY. I'd love to hear from any WAFs from that time.
I had just made MSgt in Civil Engineering and Col. Best the CE commander cornered me after the 1st 48 hours on site containing the fuel spill and draining the stream that ran through the area. He asked me to take the monkey off his back by being the go between for CE and all the other units. He gave me the job of project manager for running the recovery crew and anything that was needed from CE during that time. I worked with the Safety board and the 110/14 board. I spent 65, 14 to 18 hour days working on that crash site. I learned a lot about C-5s during that time. When the Safety board was done they had not come up with a reason for the crash. We had stuffed most of the parts and melted aluminum in a Tab V but the Safety board had not asked for the thrust reversers. I noticed that one had a lot of pine pitch in it but couldn't convince safety board to notice. Col. Barr from the 110/14 board came on site & asked about them and I had kept them separate from the rest of the junk. From that they were able to determine that #1 was open at the time of the crash. I was able to corner 3 Army guys with a recovery HEMIT (sp) and requested their help from their commander. They were wonderful help as we had 17 flats on the front end loaders used during the clean up. Their HEMIT had a crane and air tools that enabled them to change tires quickly. They were wonderful help. We also had the help of a civilian tank destroying crew from Homburg with their plasma cutter to cut the wings up into small enough parts to handle. I must admit those 65 days were quite an experience for me as a young new MSgt. When I left Germany I was stationed at Altus AFB. When looking at property in the country to purchase I was interested on one house on 5 acres but when I saw the C-5s turning right above it I changed my mind. I later purchased 20 acres about 4 miles north west of that spot so I wouldn’t be under any aircraft. I took an early retirement during the Clinton years in Feb 94 at 19 years of service. It no fun working for someone that wanted to take my guns away.
I've served nearing 12 years in the USAF and counting as a proud Airman with my own values that reflect Integrity First, Service Before Self, as well as Excellence in all that I do and have done. I'm a product of 4.5 years first as a "Dirt Boy" with CES that later transitioned into my current AFSC as a Chaplain Assistant. This military experience I've been able to partake in has been a blessing to my life and the many experieces in it. I strive to become better than what I am all the time and I feel good about life because of what I do for others, even when they have no idea it was me doing it for them.