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932nd Airlift Wing to fly over local hospitals in salute to health-care heroes

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  – An Air Force Reserve C-40C aircraft from the 932nd Airlift Wing is scheduled to salute local medical professionals and first responders during a flyover on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.  The flight will depart from Scott Air Force Base at approximately 11:50 a.m.

The C-40C aircraft will fly over the Belleville Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s, Memorial East, St. Joseph’s in Highland, Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and will conclude near the VA Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks on the Missouri side of the river before heading back to base.  This flyover is a part of the U.S. Air Force’s OPERATION: AMERICA STRONG effort to salute those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response.

Currently, 24 medical members of the 932nd Airlift Wing are mobilized nationwide to help with COVID-19. The flyover salute is being conducted at no additional cost to the taxpayer and is accomplished in conjunction with regularly scheduled training.

“We not only have our own Reserve Citizen Airmen deployed in the fight against COVID-19, but many 932nd AW Reservists also work in local medical facilities,” said Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd Airlift Wing commander. “This training flight is a way to honor all health care workers and first responders who protect the people of this great nation.  We are proud of the sacrifice medical heroes have made working both locally and nationally on the frontlines to keep our citizens safe from COVID-19,” he said.  The 932nd Airlift Wing is an Air Force Reserve Command unit of approximately 1,100 Reservists who train in Illinois.

Location, time:

Belleville Memorial Hospital, Belleville, noon

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, 12:03 p.m.

Memorial East Hospital, Shiloh, 12:05

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland, 12:15

Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, 12:30

VA Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 12:45

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