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.
I had the honor, privilege and pleasure of having served at RAF Lakenheath UK 48th FW, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Vehicle Maintenance Flight, VM&A Section from 04/2007 through 04/2011 with one 6 month "vacation" to Tallil AB Iraq. I had a great time at RAF Lakenheath to include all of the beauty of of the local country side, London and other eye opening sites. Most importantly while assigned to this base learned quite a bit more about vehicle maintenance management from our British MoD civilian professionals. Mr Hunt, Mr Wallis, Pearl, as well as Mr Ian Rolph, to name a few, were instrumental in ensuring that our flight fulfilled its important responsibility to keep the 48th FW mission ready by ensuring its vehicle fleet maintained a 90% readiness rate or better and keep me out of hot water. :) While occasional challenges such as cash flow issues, back to back readiness exercises, preparation for every possible inspection you can think of, parts shortages, and vendor issues sometimes made it difficult to keep us there. To my amazement these highly skilled professionals always found a solution and were able to get vital vehicle assets repaired, out of maintenance and back to their owning organizations so they could effectively contribute to the overall mission of the 48th FW. After having completed my assigned time there I then received orders to Grand Forks AFB ND 319th Air Base Wing, Logistics Readiness Squadron where I would only serve from April 2011 to August 31 2012 . I retired effective date 1 Sept 2012 Wife and I were grateful about that because as some of you may know the winters there are no joke. After my retirement we moved down to Florida where we are now enjoying the year round warm weather. :) Sad to say, still have to work. :( Not rich yet!
Started my carrer as an 8M000 postal, then crossed training to an 3A information manager, next cross training to 3C.