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Incentive flight bolsters wing morale

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  • 193rd Special Operations Wing

Eighteen nominated Airmen from the 193rd Special Operations Wing here took an incentive flight May 20, 2018, on an EC-130 aircraft.

The flight combined necessary, standard flight training for wing aircrew with the opportunity to recognize individual achievement.

“The incentive flight program is designed to educate service members about Air Force aviation, to orient them to the flying mission, and to recognize their dedication and hard work,” said Chief Master Sgt. Bill Yingling, 193rd SOW command chief. 

According to incentive flight program regulations, guard members can be nominated by their supervisors to participate in an upcoming incentive flight. These flights are provided within approved flying hours and are subject to rescheduling or cancellation due to aircraft availability and/or priority mission requirements.

Incentive flights are flown as continuous flights within the local flying area and end at the point of origin. Today’s flight began and ended at Middletown and included approaches at Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey, according to Maj. Michael Glass, a pilot with the 193rd SOW.

“It is always an honor to provide incentive flights to deserving Airmen in the wing that have been recognized within their organization for exceptional performance,” said Col. Julie Curlin, 193rd Special Operations Group commander. “We have the best and the brightest Airmen in the wing who truly embody the ‘citizen soldier.’ The 193rd Special Operations Group cannot accomplish our mission without the entire Special Operations Wing team working together.”