MSgt Dillinger, the Senior Flight Engineer evaluator for the 6th Air Refueling Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing—recently achieved his 10,000-hour milestone. He has provided leadership, management, and standardization for both the 60th and 349th Air Mobility Wings since 1994.

Dillinger started his career as a C-5 flight engineer, accumulating 3,800 C-5 instructor and basic flight engineer hours with the 301st Airlift Squadron. He cross-trained and became a KC-10 Evaluator Flight Engineer, accumulating over 6,200 KC-10 hours with the 79th and 6th Air Refueling Squadrons.

Dillinger logged 1,029 combat hours in numerous operations and participated in many worldwide airlift and air refueling operations. Crews in the KC-10 community often call him to help solve aircraft system problems, and he is always willing to share his knowledge and experience with others.


As Loadmaster Superintendent of the 165th Operational Support Squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard, Chief Gaines is responsible for the safe loading and offloading of all C-130 aircraft in the 165th Airlift Wing.

He entered military service in August 1982 and was assigned to the 2/11 Field Artillery Battery Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After leaving the Army in April 1986, Gaines resumed his military career in May 1986 when he enlisted in the 165th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron of Georgia Air National Guard. He became an aircraft loadmaster there; in 1993, he was reassigned to the 158th Airlift Squadron.

Chief Gaines served as Joint Airdrop Inspector, Instructor and Evaluator Loadmaster, and Aircrew Scheduler before being selected for his current position in January 2013. Not one to sit still for long, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2018.


Congratulations to MSgt Dillinger and CMSgt Gaines!


7,500 HOURS

96 AS, Minneapolis-St. Paul ARS, MN

MSgt James E. Courneya

164 AS, Mansfield, OH

Lt Col Jeffrey C. Siwik

165 AW, Savannah, GA

CMSgt Francisco M. Ramirez

6,500 HOURS

54 AS, Scott AFB, IL

Maj Joshua Pugliese

96 AS, Minneapolis-St. Paul ARS, MN

Lt Col Donald L. Petros

99 AS, JB Andrews, MD

CMSgt Gerald A. Barnett

164 AS, Mansfield, OH

SMSgt Charles H. Walker

5,000 HOURS

1 AS, JB Andrews, MD

Lt Col Matthew L. Inscoe

TSgt Ronald J. Giannetti

54 AS, Scott AFB, IL

Maj Don Rolleg

96 AS, Minneapolis-St. Paul ARS, MN

CMSgt John L. Grutzmacher

CMSgt Orin H. Johnson

165 AW, Savannah, GA

TSgt Christopher L. Zeigler

3,500 HOURS

1 AS, JB Andrews, MD

Lt Col Robert A. Aikman II

Lt Col Joel E. Gorham

Maj Joshua G. Hughes

CMSgt Stephanie D. Dunham

54 AS, Scott AFB, IL

Maj Eric Babson

Maj Ryan Burns

Maj Curtis Raaberg

MSgt Dennis Morris

TSgt Matthew McKinney

91 ARS, MacDill AFB, FL

Lt Col Ricardo Lopez

96 AS, Minneapolis-St. Paul ARS, MN

Lt Col Casey P. Dodds

Lt Col Dennis Mishler

Maj Noel P. Josephson

Maj Aaron D. Kutschera

Maj Daniel J. Schei

TSgt Patrick C. Woods

99 AS, JB Andrews, MD

Lt Col Grant W. McNelis

Maj Devin J. Chirinsky

165 AW, Savannah, GA

Lt Col David W. White

375 OG, Oklahoma City, OK

Capt Patrick Ng

2,500 HOURS

1 AS, JB Andrews, MD

TSgt Juan Antonio D. Ramirez

SSgt Christopher Moore

54 AS, Scott AFB, IL

Lt Col Brandon Dow

Lt Col Jacob Thornburg

Maj Yuri Batten

Maj Samuel Ensminger

Maj Tyler Marcotte

Maj David Scott

Maj Angela Vesce

Maj Matthew Zayatz

Capt Eric Butler

MSgt Katrina Graham

TSgt Suzanne Feely

TSgt Jason Smith

96 AS, Minneapolis-St. Paul ARS, MN

Maj Anthony J. Gatzke

Maj Matthew C. Misner

Maj Philip L. Noland

SMSgt Derek J. Fore

MSgt Quentin J. Will

99 AS, JB Andrews, MD

Maj Neal M. Ballas

Maj Tandon L. Mardis

Maj David N. St. Louis

TSgt Mugabe J. Cordner

TSgt Kevin M. Reilly

165 AW, Savannah, GA

Maj James J. Mockalis

Maj Cole J. Wagner

1Lt Ranon O. Barber

1Lt Matthew T. Chupp

MSgt Robert T. Haffly

MSgt Kevin Hay

MSgt Juan R. Saltares

MSgt Medie T. Still

375 OG, Oklahoma City, OK

Lt Col Jeremy Leighton

Lt Col Rob Nichols

Lt Col Scott Russell

Maj Scott Axelson


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