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Air Guard member receives Army Achievement Medal (Hurricane Rita)
Texas National Guard Public Affairs via email | 26 September 2005 | CMSgt Gonda Moncado

Posted on 09/26/2005 3:25:23 PM PDT by Racehorse

CAMP MABRY (26 Sep, 2005) – The Adjutant General visited Ellington Field yesterday with the purpose of seeking out a reluctant hero and awarding him for his tireless efforts.

The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Charles Rodriguez, was specifically interested in speaking to one of the eighty essential personnel who had initially hunkered down at Ellington Field in Houston to wait out the storm, but who subsequently had been sent out before the storm.

Master Sgt. Lynn Bailey was awarded the Army Achievement Medal because Maj. Gen. Rodriguez said: “This man is my hero too. When I was awakened at 1:30 in the morning and was told about the fuel problem, I did not know that this man was already a part of the solution.”

Master Sgt Lynn Bailey, 147th Fighter Wing, Fuel Superintendent, who had to shift his focus from trucks to rescue, may have been responsible for saving hundreds of impaired and elderly lives.

The nursing home residents and ambulatory patients from the Beaumont area were waiting to board buses for evacuation when fuel became an issue.

The Department of Transportation through the Department of Emergency Management contacted the Texas National Guard and Gen. Rodriguez was awakened.

The general did not know that during this conversation, Master Sgt. Bailey, under police escort, was already on his way with some jerry rigged fuel nozzles.

He fueled the buses and soon received back-up from the Army National Guard.

The Army Guard fuel trucks arrived with an additional 25,000 gallons of fuel and between the Air and Army Guard they were able to assemble two rolling refueling stations. They worked almost around the clock before their task was finished, but in the end all buses were safely on their way.

When the general arrived at Ellington, Master Sgt. Bailey, still working hard had to be summoned from the flight line. When told that The Adjutant General was waiting for him, he replied: “Yeah, sure the Adjutant General is waiting for me.” When he realized that indeed this was the case he responded with a puzzled look on his face: “I am just a fueler.”

The Adjutant General certainly did not think of the Master Sgt. as just a refueler, and he wanted to send that message in person.

TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: airnationalguard; disasterassistance; hurricanerelief; texasnationalguard

1 posted on 09/26/2005 3:25:26 PM PDT by Racehorse
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