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    Veterans in Blue - Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Norrad

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    Video by Tech. Sgt. Trevor Tiernan 

    3d Audiovisual Squadron

    Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Wayne Norrad, nicknamed “The God Father” among the special operations community, enlisted in the Air Force Feb. 25, 1966, as a B-52 nuclear bomb loader at Dow Air Force Base, Maine. He separated from active duty Dec. 17, 1969. He returned to active duty on Oct. 6, 1970 with an urge to have more excitement in his career, Norrad began his future career as a combat controller in June 1971. During a combat jump in Operation Just Cause, one of Norrad’s troops, went above and beyond the call of duty jumping into gunfire to clear an extra 1,000 feet of runway. His heroism deserved more than a commendation medal, sparking Norrad to suggest rewarding the V-device for Airmen receiving a commendation medal that goes above and beyond the original mission. After retiring from the Air Force in 1997, Norrad has given close to 20 years of additional civil service. He has been inducted into the Air Commando Association Hall of Fame, received the National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations Low Intensity Conflict Division DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award, and selected into the U.S. Special Operations Command Hall of Honor.



    Date Taken: 06.10.2016
    Date Posted: 10.25.2016 10:19
    Category: Package
    Video ID: 487908
    VIRIN: 160610-F-YN705-771
    Filename: DOD_103762764
    Length: 00:02:11
    Location: US

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