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ATWIND winner

by Tech. Sgt. Chris Miller
Thunderbolt editor

Staff Sgt. John Charette, 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, thought he was seeing Col. Tanker Snyder, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, to talk about a squadron project. Once inside the commander's office, the phone rang, Colonel Snyder picked it up and told Sergeant Charette that Gen. John Handy, Air Mobility Command commander, was on the other end wanting to talk about the project. Little did Sergeant Charette know that General Handy was actually getting ready to congratulate him on being the grand prize winner in the ATWIND contest.

"That was a total shock to pick up the phone and hear General Handy tell me I'd won the ATWIND grand prize," said Sergeant Charette. "I truly thought I was there to talk about the project. I was stunned, but also very happy to hear the good news."

As the grand prize winner, Sergeant Charette won a trip for four to Vail, Colo., and $5,000 spending money.

MacDill finished fourth among AMC bases and will receive $5,000 for exceeding the 100 percent goal of 2,504 registered players. Scott AFB, Ill., came in first, while McConnell AFB, Kan., finished second and Pope AFB, N.C., nosed into third ahead of MacDill.

Two $1,000 winners also came from MacDill during the course of the contest. Senior Airman Daniel Rickard from U.S. Central Command, won in June and Staff Sgt. Christina Smartz, 6th Air Mobility Wing, collected her winnings last month. MacDill had more than 4,500 players who played more than 71,000 game pieces and 719 players were instant winners.




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