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307th Bomb Wing 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala

Master Sgt. Jeremy Utphall, 307th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, waits for his cue to begin a drumroll during an awards ceremony at the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. Attendees included alumni and veterans that have been a part of the 307th’s history dating back to World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Utphall, 307th Logistics Readiness Squadron first sergeant, waits for his cue to begin a drumroll during an awards ceremony at the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. Attendees included alumni and veterans that have been a part of the 307th’s history dating back to World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Senior Airman Timothy Rice, 707th Maintenance Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Airman of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Senior Airman Timothy Rice, 707th Maintenance Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Airman of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Tech. Sgt. Marvin Bell, 307th Operations Support Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Tech. Sgt. Marvin Bell, 307th Operations Support Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Master Sgt. Stephen Sorge, 307th Maintenance Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Master Sgt. Stephen Sorge, 307th Maintenance Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Senior Master Sgt. Frank Kuba, 707th Maintenance Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s First Sergeant of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Senior Master Sgt. Frank Kuba, 707th Maintenance Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s First Sergeant of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Capt. Edward Rowe, 343rd Bomb Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Company Grade Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Capt. Edward Rowe, 343rd Bomb Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Company Grade Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Maj. Misty Bartley, 489th Bomb Group, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Field Grade Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Maj. Misty Bartley, 489th Bomb Group, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Field Grade Officer of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Dwayne Richards, 307th Force Support Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Civilian of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Dwayne Richards, 307th Force Support Squadron, the 307th Bomb Wing’s Civilian of the Year award for 2016. The award was presented during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. James Morriss, 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Vernon Cox, 307th Maintenance Group, unveil the Zamperini Warrior Award during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The Zamparini Warrior Award is awarded at the Wing Commander’s discretion to Airmen that reflect the characteristics of true warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. James Morriss, 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Vernon Cox, 307th Maintenance Group, unveil the Zamperini Warrior Award during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The Zamparini Warrior Award is awarded at the Wing Commander’s discretion to Airmen that reflect the characteristics of true warriors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Col. James Morriss, 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Vernon Cox, 307th Maintenance Group, with the Zamperini Warrior Award during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Col. James Morriss, 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Vernon Cox, 307th Maintenance Group, with the Zamperini Warrior Award during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Dale Stickrath Jr., World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, with a Commander’s Coin during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The reunion honored all alumni of the 307th Bombardment Group and current 307th Bomb Wing members and showcased the history of the wing since its inception during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Dale Stickrath Jr., World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, with a Commander’s Coin during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The reunion honored all alumni of the 307th Bombardment Group and current 307th Bomb Wing members and showcased the history of the wing since its inception during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Earl McGuier, World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, with a Commander’s Coin during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. In 1942, 27 B-24 Liberators from the 307th Bombardment Group took part in one of the longest mass-raids of that era which earned them the name “The Long Rangers.” The now, 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary with alumni from wars such as World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Earl McGuier, World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, with a Commander’s Coin during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. In 1942, 27 B-24 Liberators from the 307th Bombardment Group took part in one of the longest mass-raids of that era which earned them the name “The Long Rangers.” The now, 307th Bomb Wing celebrated their 75th Anniversary with alumni from wars such as World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, is presented a plaque by John Palmer, World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, from the 307th Bombardment Group alumni during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The reunion honored all past alumni of the 307th Bombardment Group and current 307th Bomb Wing members and showcased the history of the wing since its inception during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, is presented a plaque by John Palmer, World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, from the 307th Bombardment Group alumni during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The reunion honored all past alumni of the 307th Bombardment Group and current 307th Bomb Wing members and showcased the history of the wing since its inception during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

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