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AFNORTH CC coins Wing Airman

  • Published
  • By Mary McHale
  • AFNORTH Public Affairs
A unit training manager from the 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron received a coin from the Air Forces Northern Commander Wednesday in recognition of the NCO's response to an AFNORTH member suffering extreme heat distress following a physical training session.

Tech. Sgt. John See received a coin from Lt. Gen. William Etter, who praised the sergeant for "stopping as others drove by."

Senior Master Sgt. Lorene Kitzmiller, AFNORTH First Sergeant, learned details of the incident and thought it only fitting to recognize See's efforts appropriately.

"This is the ultimate demonstration of one of our most critical Air Force Core Values, Airmen taking care of Airmen," she said. "As a first sergeant and senior NCO, I take great pride knowing there are NCOs like See within our ranks, those who freely and voluntarily go the extra mile, when not even asked."

See said he was going home from PT late in the afternoon last week when he saw a vehicle on the side of the road with its door open. While there was already someone there, See stopped to see what help he could give.

"The person was leaned over in the car, obviously in distress," he said. See proceeded to lift the person out of the car to a shady area where he continued to render aid. The training manager said he responded based on training he received during numerous exercises he participated in while stationed in Korea.

"The fact the distress was heat related was obvious," he said. "My main goal was to keep the person comfortable and cool, and I kept talking and asking questions."

His supervisor said this event accurately reflects who See is as an NCO.

"First of all, that's exactly the kind of NCO he is," said Master Sgt. Teresa Meade. "I didn't even have any idea this had happened until I found out through other channels, but it doesn't surprise me at all he was the one who stopped."

His first sergeant, Master Sgt. Beverly Harrison, agreed.

"It just takes my breath away and makes my heart swell to know NCOs like Technical Sergeant See. His caring for other Airmen and their needs shows every day, not only at work but off duty as well."