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Crash team named Gold Knights for April

The Gold Knight recipient for April is the Peterson AFB Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

The Gold Knight recipient for April is the Peterson AFB Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rob Bussard)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Gold Knight recipient for April is the Peterson AFB Crash Damage or Disabled Aircraft Recovery team.

On April 17, the team expertly responded to a C-130 that landed at the Colorado Springs airport with a forward right main landing gear failure. The CDDAR team evaluated the aircraft, quickly installed a series of jacks under both wings and moored the aircraft while local maintenance teams strengthened the gear for movement, allowing the runway to quickly reopen. The combined team effort led to the safe recovery of the aircraft with no further damage. Additionally, the team captured and preserved evidence allowing for a fully compliant safety investigation board.

Team members include: Lt. Col. Jeffrey Ritchie, Bob Schwaeble, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Weaver, Senior Airman Korey Papa, Senior Airman Jacob Henson, Senior Master Sgt. Lisa Gibson, Master Sgt. Floyd Martinez, Master Sgt. Rick Carrillo, Tech. Sgt. Chad Kendrick, Karen Mitchell and Antonio Espinoza (21st Operations Support Squadron). Deedra Johnson, Al Miranda, Korinne Valdez Paul Nigro and Travis Detert (21st Logistics Readiness Squadron); Robb Lingley (21st Space Wing Public Affairs); Darron Haughn and Luis Harris (21st Space Wing Safety Office); Capt. Mark Liu (21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron); and Master Sgt. Jeff Hardsock, Master Sgt. Ed Neuman, Master Sgt. Gary Douglas, Master Sgt. Bill Sparks, Tech. Sgt. Dennis Belkot, Tech. Sgt. Robert Raley, Tech. Sgt. Tony Shaw, Staff Sgt. Eric Bolt, Staff Sgt. William Dabney, Staff Sgt. Zach Perritt, Senior Airman John Novel, Master Sgt. Larry Mitchell, Tech. Sgt. Jim Garvin, Senior Airman John Soda, Senior Airman Phil Tebedo (302nd Airlift Wing).

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