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302nd AW reservists named 2016 aircrew of the year by AFA

F. Whitten Peters, the Air Force Association chairman of the board, presents the AFA President’s Award to the 2016 Outstanding Reserve Aircrew of the year to Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, C-130 Hercules aircraft commander, and the aircrew of GLIDE 68, Sept. 18 at the AFA Air Space Cyber Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland.

F. Whitten Peters, the Air Force Association chairman of the board, presents the AFA President’s Award to the 2016 Outstanding Reserve Aircrew of the year to Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, C-130 Hercules aircraft commander, and the aircrew of GLIDE 68, Sept. 18 at the AFA Air, Space and Cyber Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland. Also present with the aircrew is Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, right, chief of the Air Force Reserve. The 302nd Airlift Wing aircrew received the award for outstanding operational expertise and professional skill from January to December 2016 resulting in the successful employment of the Joint Precision Airdrop System during the first C-130 combat airdrop mission originating from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. Pictured from left, Lt. Cols. Barry Cupples, Brian Thomas, Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Flight, F. Whitten Peters, the Air Force Association chairman of the board, Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, Senior Master Sgt. Mark Skarban, Master Sgt. Nathan Bowles and Staff Sgt. Joshua Winn. GLIDE 68 member not pictured is Lt. Col. Anthony Smith. (Courtesy photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- F. Whitten Peters, the Air Force Association chairman of the board, presents the AFA President’s Award to the 2016 Outstanding Reserve Aircrew of the year to Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, C-130 Hercules aircraft commander, and the aircrew of GLIDE 68, Sept. 18 at the AFA Air, Space and Cyber Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland. Also present with the aircrew is Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, right, chief of the Air Force Reserve. The 302nd Airlift Wing aircrew received the award for outstanding operational expertise and professional skill from January to December 2016 resulting in the successful employment of the Joint Precision Airdrop System during the first C-130 combat airdrop mission originating from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. Pictured from left, Lt. Cols. Barry Cupples, Brian Thomas, Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Flight, F. Whitten Peters, the Air Force Association chairman of the board, Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, Senior Master Sgt. Mark Skarban, Master Sgt. Nathan Bowles and Staff Sgt. Joshua Winn. GLIDE 68 member not pictured is Lt. Col. Anthony Smith. (Courtesy photo)