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434th ARW tanker and crew support Ft. Wayne air show

Lt. Col. Brian Thompson, 434th Operations Group chief of standardization and evaluation, waves from the cockpit of a KC-135R Stratotanker during the Fort Wayne, Indiana air show June 7, 2019. During the event 15 Airman from the Hoosier Wing and two KC-135’s provided support educating visitors about the Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota)

Lt. Col. Brian Thompson, 434th Operations Group chief of standardization and evaluation, waves from the cockpit of a KC-135R Stratotanker during the Fort Wayne, Indiana air show June 7, 2019. During the event 15 Airman from the Hoosier Wing and two KC-135’s provided support educating visitors about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. --

It’s often said that practice makes perfect, and if that’s the case the 434th Air Refueling Wing is leaning in the right direction as it moves closer the Grissom Air & Space Expo, supporting another air show along the way.

Two KC-135 Stratotanker’s and 15 Airmen from the 434th ARW participated in the 122nd Fighter Wing air show in Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 8-9.

“Having our Airmen support the Fort Wayne air show was a no-brainer,” said Col. Larry Shaw 434th ARW commander. “We not only show the reserve partnership in the state, but it also let our staff see what parts of their event we can incorporate into ours.”

During the show the one tanker provided formation flights with the 122nd FW A-10 Warthogs while the other tanker sat as a static display for visitors throughout the event.

“Indiana Hoosiers are extremely patriotic and love seeing our aircraft,” said Col. Brian Hollis, 434th Operations Group commander who was part of the team supporting the show. “From open to close we had a full line of people waiting to get in the tanker and speak with the Airmen supporting the show.”

Echoing that Hoosier pride and patriotism, Shaw expressed his willingness to showcase the wing at any given opportunity.

“I always take great pride in showing off our aircraft,” said Shaw. “We have some of the best tankers in the Air Force and those aircraft are a testament to the hard work and dedication from the Airmen at the Hoosier Wing.”

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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Material contained on the Official Grissom Air Reserve Base Internet Web Site is written and produced by members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. The award-winning staff includes:



Douglas Hays
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Ben Mota
Public affairs Operations Chief

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NCOIC of public affairs

Tech. Sgt. Jami Lancette
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Staff Sgt. Chris Massey
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Staff Sgt. Courtney Dotson-Essett
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Airman 1st Class Harrison Withrow
staff writer