His contributions to convoy operations were invaluable to 2632ND AEF TC and reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army and Air Force
The 1st SNCO assigned to the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center Project (Project Coordination Manager). Assigned the final two years, assisting the team to bring the project back on track after serious delays.
Crew Chief / Phased Insp with the 401st TFW at Torrejon AB, Spain, '89-91. Also went to war with USAFE and the 401st TFW (P) in Doha, Qatar during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Our single squadron wing - just 24 aircraft - flew 1303 sorties delivering 3.7 million pounds of ordnance in 42 days. This is me in Doha, in a shot from Airman Magazine on the wing of our F-16C, 87-0228, which was lost to an Iraqi SAM over Baghdad on 19 Jan '91 during Package Q - the largest strike package flown during the war.
I enjoyed the three different fighter jet's i worked on! They were the F-4e model,the A10 model,and the F-111 model.They were all different and challenging.I also enjoyed the traveling around the world.
CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIRMAN'S MEDAL TO JOHN T. LACARIA Airman third class John T. Lacaria distinguished himself by heroism involving voluntary risk of life at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri on 15 May 1962. On that date, upon seeing a fireman emerge from an exploded B-47 aircraft with his clothing and extremities ablaze, Airman Lacaria, together with three other airmen, attempted to extinguish the flames, first, by rolling the fireman on the ground, then by use of the fire extinguisher, succeeding only after cutting the clothing from the victim and wrapping him in other articles of clothing. During this humane act, Airman Lacaria was less than 75 feet from the exploding aircraft. The courage, heroism and selfless dedication to duty displayed by Airman Lacaria reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.