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SOW incentive flight program begins again

Tech. Sgt. Michael Howard, 919th Operations Support Squadron, checks out the C-145 prior to his incentive flight Nov. 30.  Howard was the first to receive a flight under the new incentive flight program that began in October.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Neely)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Howard, 919th Operations Support Squadron, checks out the C-145 prior to his incentive flight Nov. 30. Howard was the first to receive a flight under the new incentive flight program that began in October. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Neely)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Howard, 919th Operations Support Squadron, checks out the C-145 prior to his incentive flight Nov. 30.  Howard was the first to receive a flight under the new incentive flight program that began in October.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Neely)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Howard, 919th Operations Support Squadron, checks out the C-145 prior to his incentive flight Nov. 30. Howard was the first to receive a flight under the new incentive flight program that began in October. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Neely)

DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- The 919th Special Operations Wing's incentive flight program kicked off again last month when Tech. Sgt. Michael Howard took to the sky in a C-145 for his retirement sendoff Nov. 30.

The program serves as a way to recognize outstanding Reserve and active-duty members working here and provides the opportunity to experience a flight, according to Chief Master Sgt. Darlene Peterson, 711th Special Operations Squadron.

The incentive flights will take place on a quarterly basis.  The chief master sergeants will select two individuals from their respective group for an orientation flight.  Once chosen, the candidates have to be approved by their group commander.

"The flights must be a regularly scheduled flight," said Peterson.  "There is no added flight time or expenditure of funds for the flights."

The local area flights range between two and four hours.

"We wanted to do this for those highly deserving, unsung heroes of the 919th, so they could understand the new missions they support," said Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Maradik, 5th Special Operations Squadron.