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Text of Mr. Hamilton's retirement brochure from the United States Air Force:
Senior Master Sergeant David B. Hamilton is an Air Traffic Control Manager assigned as Wing Airspace Manager, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. He manages Air Force assigned, delegated, or managed airspace in eastern North Carolina. He is 38 years old. SMSgt Hamilton was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 1957. After several moves, he attended Erie High School, Erie, Kansas. After graduating in 1975 he joined the U.S. Air Force.
On completion of basic military training, Airman Basic Hamilton was a "Yellow Rope" student leader at Security Police Specialist School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Airman Hamilton's first assignment was to the 351st Missile Security Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. He served in various positions from walking a post around B-52D's on nuclear alert to Minuteman I Missile Flight Security Controller. He was among the first group of airmen selected to represent Whiteman Air Force Base in the Strategic Air Command "Project First View." Senior Airman Hamilton's efforts supported this unit's selection as "Best Large Security Police Unit in the Air Force, 1978."
Learning that the U.S. Air Force provides twenty-five percent (25%), serving military and civil aviation equally, of all air traffic control service in the United States, in 1979 he retrained into Air Traffic Control, graduating as an Honor Graduate from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He also participated in the recovery efforts following the destruction caused by Hurricane Fredrick.
Leaving for Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, he began upgrade training in the control tower. While assigned to the 1974th Communications Group, Staff Sergeant Hamilton attended the Air Force Communication Command Leadership School where he earned the Academic Achievement Award and the Veterans of Foreign Wars World Affairs Award. He garnered Honors from the Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) course and then developed the first "TACAN A" approach at Scott Air Force Base and "set the standard" for the Military Airlift Command for his program. He also lead a Base Honor Guard Team in local parades, grave side services for deceased active duty and retired members, and other official functions.
In 1982 SSgt Hamilton arrived at the 1978th Communications Group, Howard Air Force Base, Republic of Panama. Certified in the ground control approach (GCA) radar and the control tower, he established the first unit level TERPS branch at this Tactical Air Command base earning an Air Force Achievement Medal for setting the Tactical Air Command standard. While at Howard Air Force Base, he directly supported aviation assets during the invasion of Granada, and other classified missions. In 1985 he attended the Air Force Communication Command Noncommissioned Officer Academy and graduated from the Community College of the Air Force with a degree in Air Traffic Control.
Arriving at England Air Force Base, Louisiana, in 1985, and the 1908th Information Systems Squadron, Technical Sergeant Hamilton hit the ground running becoming approach control certified in minimum time. Earning numerous individual awards, he culminated his assignment earning an Air Force Communication Command "Aircraft Save Award" for effecting the safe recovery of a civil aircraft running out of fuel, suffering from electrical failure due to lightning strikes, in the leading edge of a storm. His award was one of only 16 such events that merited award, that year, worldwide.
In 1988 Master Sergeant Hamilton departed for Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska, an island in the Aleutians that is so far out in the North Pacific that you can literally see tomorrow, if the fog let up enough. Dual certified he simultaneously held positions of Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, and GCA Chief Controller, while assigned to the 2064th Communications Squadron. He supported the "Queen Match" SDI rocket program. A high point in his career was his support of national reconnaissance assets monitoring the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Reduction Treaty.
Moving again in 1989, he served with the 2nd Combat Communications Group, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. August 1990 found MSgt Hamilton on the first aircraft deployed from Patrick Air Force Base to Operation Desert Shield. The first deployed American (Saudi AB badge #1) to Khamis Mushayt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he became the sole daytime American in this Royal Saudi Air Force Control Tower. He effected the safe arrival of the first F-117 squadron to deploy operationally and integrated multinational operations. The second high point of his career occurred 17 January 1991 when he and the Saudi Tower Chief recovered the F-117 second wave and a wing of F-111's from Taif Air Base, diverting because of fog. Additional manpower support arrived two days later. He remained in Saudi Arabia until after the first F-117 unit returned to the United States. First in, last out.
A 1992 Outstanding Young Men of America, selectee, he set up an evacuation center for Hurricane Andrew evacuees and in 1993 Senior Master Sergeant Hamilton helped close the then Gen. McClelland Award winning Best Large Communications Unit in the Air Force. He also completed a Bachelor Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Business Administration and attended the Air University USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy.
Arriving in 1994 at his current assignment with the 4th Operations Support Squadron, attaining positions of Chief Controller, Radar Approach Control, and Wing Airspace Manager. He selected the air traffic controllers who deployed in support of the invasion of Haiti. He has led the justification of additional equipment and airspace to support the establishment of our F-15E fighter training units. As the 4th Operations Support Squadron Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 1995 he culminates a diverse and distinguished 21 year career.
Senior Master Sergeant Hamilton's decorations,, include the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 devices, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 devices, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" for valor and 3 devices, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 5 devices, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 devices, the Humanitarian Service Medal with device, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kuwait, and additional unlisted ribbons and awards.
Civic Awards, Post Retirement
Outstanding Young Men of America, 1998
Kiwanian of the Year, Norwood Kiwanis Club, 1999
Graduate, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2000
Civic and Professional Associations
Past President, Norwood Elementary PTSO, 1998-2000
Member of the Norwood Kiwanis Club Knoxville, TN 1996 - Present
2nd Vice President 2000 term, and member of the Board of Directors 1997 - 2000
Member of the Norwood Homeowners Association, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1996 - Present
Member of the Norwood United Methodist Church
Member of the Knoxville Bar Association
Member of the Tennessee Bar Association
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