West Pierce Fire & Rescue shows military support

By Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle on November 27, 2011

MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. -- Three Reservists from the 446th Airlift Wing received recognition from their employer, West Pierce Fire & Rescue during a fire commissioner meeting at Station 21 in Lakewood, Wash., Nov. 15, 2011.

Lt. Col. Robin Richardson, 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Dennis Woxen, 446th AW inspector general, and Tech. Sgt. Lance Nelson, a 728th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, were given certificates of appreciation for their military service.

"We got certificates for being employees of the fire department and serving in the Reserve," said Woxen.

As a token of gratitude, the Airmen reciprocated.

"I presented Ken Sharp, the fire chief, with an Operation Iraqi Freedom coin, reflecting his support for the 446th (AW) members who worked for him during that campaign," said Richardson, a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

Soldiers from the JBLM 4th Stryker and 16th Combat Aviation Brigades, were on hand to represent their respective community connector partners from Lakewood and University Place to accept proclamation plaques from WPFR.

"The proclamations were to honor the military and that (WPFR) will support the military and what they do," said Woxen, a WPFR firefighter and paramedic. "But the 446th (AW) Reservists, along with other Reservists and Guardsmen were honored for serving in the military and being firefighters as well."

Lt. Col. William Downing, represented the 4th Stryker Brigade for Lakewood and Lt. Col. James Faulknor, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade accepted the proclamation for University Place.


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