Air Force Inducts 12 Honorees To Historic Wall Of Honor

By  //  June 10, 2015

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Nine of the 12 Wall of Honor inductees pose with their medallions in front of their respective plaques adorning the main corridor of the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla. The honorees were recognized at a formal ceremony May 30, 2015 for their contributions to long range detection and nuclear treaty monitoring. Pictured left to right are: Dr. Marcel Kniedler, Judy Milam (for Doyle Northrup), Col. Charles McBrearty, Mickie Solari (for Delbe Solari), Col. Thomas Niquette, Barbara Romney (For Dr. Carl Romney), Frank Pilotte Jr. and Bill Pilotte (for Dr. Frank Pilotte Sr.), Lt. Col. Bob Wiley (for Dr. Howard Hayden), and Col. Christopher Worley, AFTAC commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)

BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – Combined, they have an astounding 347 years working in the field of nuclear technology and long range detection. One alone logged 60 years of federal service – 22 active duty, 38 civil service.

And now, they are all part of an initial cadre that will forevermore be memorialized for their significant contributions to the nation.

The Air Force Technical Applications Center here inducted 12 men and women May 30, 2015 to its newly unveiled Wall of Honor located in the center’s main lobby.

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Col. Christopher Worley, commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center, presents the Wall of Honor Medallion to Barbara Romney, widow of Dr. Carl Romney, for his significant contributions to the nuclear treaty monitoring mission. Worley honored Romney and 11 other former AFTAC members during a ceremony May 30, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)

The wall was established to recognize individuals who profoundly contributed to AFTAC’s global mission, while personifying the Air Force Core Values: integrity, service, excellence.

For the past eight months, a team of AFTAC personnel established a heritage committee to author and execute a nomination process to induct a select number of former Airmen – military and civilian alike – who demonstrated great character and whose actions truly discriminated them from thousands of other center employees.

Since AFTAC’s lineage can be traced back to 1947, the committee decided the initial pool of nominees would include all those who were associated with the center since its inception.

Twenty-four names were considered for induction; only 12 were ultimately selected. For future inductions, the heritage committee will recognize no more than three names per year.

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The Wall of Honor ceremony was held in conjunction with the 2105 AFTAC Alumni Association Reunion in the center’s 200+-seat auditorium, which was filled to capacity.

Col. Christopher Worley, AFTAC commander, presented each honoree (or their designated representative) with a hefty medallion as a token of appreciation for their contributions.

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Twelve medallions were presented to the initial cadre of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s Wall of Honor at a ceremony May 30, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chad Taguba)

Pictured on the medallion is an American Bald Eagle clutching a scroll in one talon and a sword in the other. The scroll symbolizes the Limited Test Ban Treaty and the sword illustrates military strength and might. Above the eagle are the words, “Sapientia Potentia Est,” Latin for “Wisdom is Power.”

The back of the medallion has a personalized inscription that reads, “Let this medallion signify its recipient is a member of an elite and noble group of Airmen who stand in silent vigil for the good of all humankind.”

“For nearly seven decades, AFTAC has employed some of the most scientifically gifted people in federal service,” said Worley, “and displaying their names on a wall is just one small way we can acknowledge their profound impact on us as an organization.

Over the years, the center has seen enormous growth in technology and equipment modernization, yet none of those resources would be possible without the human factor behind them. It’s not the shiny new toys or the latest computer upgrade that drive mission success – AFTAC’s greatest asset remains its people.”

 Twelve medallions were presented to the initial cadre of the Air Force Technical Applications Center's Wall of Honor at a ceremony May 30, 2015. The medallion, which was created by 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield and Master Sgt. Chad Taguba, both members of AFTAC, symbolizes the 12  inductees' contributions to long range detection and nuclear treaty monitoring, AFTAC's primary mission.  The back of the medallion has a personalized inscription that reads, “Let this medallion signify its recipient is a member of an elite and noble group of Airmen who stand in silent vigil for the good of all humankind.”  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chad Taguba)

Twelve medallions were presented to the initial cadre of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s Wall of Honor
at a ceremony May 30, 2015. The medallion, which was created by 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield and Master Sgt. Chad Taguba, both members of AFTAC, symbolizes the 12 inductees’ contributions to long range detection and nuclear treaty monitoring, AFTAC’s primary mission. The back of the medallion has a personalized inscription that reads, “Let
this medallion signify its recipient is a member of an elite and noble group of Airmen who stand in silent vigil for the good of all humankind.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chad Taguba)

After the medallions were presented, the wall was officially unveiled and the inductees had the opportunity to pose for photos in front of their nameplate with their fellow honorees and attending family members.

“We established this wall to recognize the superlative work of past members of this organization, but only after it was determined that their contributions to our global mission can be weighed against the  judgment of history,” said Dr. Mike Young, AFTAC’s historian.

“I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of the nomination and selection committee, and I look forward to being a part of it in the future.”

The inaugural honorees, all whom are retired from federal service, are
as follows:

Col. Thomas Ciambrone

Lt. Col. Howard Hayden

Dr. Marcel Kniedler

Chief Master Sgt. Kathie Leggett

Col. Charles McBrearty

Col. Thomas Niquette

Mr. Doyle Northrup

Senior Master Sgt. Marvin Owen

Dr. Frank Pilotte

Dr. Carl Romney

Mr. Walter Singlevich

Staff Sgt. Delbe Solari


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