Recognizing the spirit of courage, comradeship, and cooperation exemplified by Medal of Honor recipient CMSgt. Richard Etchberger, the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Maxwell AFB, Ala., has established the Etchberger Team Award. The award’s medallion features an image of Etchberger and the MOH on the obverse, and, on the reverse, a depiction of the secret radar site where he was killed saving comrades in Laos in 1968. “Chief Etchberger was part of a team, a team he volunteered with . . . fought beside and died saving,” said MSgt. Tommy Holmes, addressing academy graduates of Class 11-B, Flight 17, the award’s first recipients, on March 11, 43 years to the day that Etchberger gave his life. The CMSgt. Richard Etchberger Team Award is equivalent to the Levitow Award that recognizes honor graduates of USAF’s Airman Leadership Schools. (Maxwell report by Kelly Deichert) (For more, read Etchberger, Medal of Honor from Air Force Magazine’s 2010 archive.)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.