By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Mississippi airman with Chickasaw County roots was honored with the Gen. Lew Allen Award at ceremonies at the Pentagon recently.
Master Sgt. Christopher Michael Davis was one of two members of the United State Air Force honored with the Gen. Lew Allen Award for their service in aircraft maintenance.
The award honors accomplishments of a base-level officer and senior NCO in aircraft, munitions or missile maintenance directly involved in aircraft sortie generations. The award’s namesake served as the Air Force chief of staff from 1978 to 1982.
Davis earned the award for his contribution to aircraft sortie generation while he was assigned as the lead production superintendent for the 478th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. He was flown to the Pentagon for the Oct. 31 presentation.
Master Sgt. Davis is originally from Houston and is currently serving in the 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron stationed in Lakenheath. His mother is Rhonda Davis Barton of Duck Hill, formerly Rhonda Alexander of Houston. His father is Michael Davis of Houlka. His grandmother is Mrs. Dorothy Davis Griffin of Houlka. Davis’ uncle is Jackie Alexander of Houston.
Maj. Jennifer Gurganus, of USAF Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officer School director of operations from Nellis AFB, Nev., was the other Gen. Lew Allen Award recipient.
Air Force officials honor an officer and senior NCO in the maintenance career field whose efforts have a big impact on the service with the Gen. Lew Allen Award annually.
Davis and Gurganus were presented their awards by Gen. Larry Spencer, vice chief of staff of the Air Force.