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Master Sergeant Gary J. Flesch was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal on Aug. 10, 2019, for outstanding achievement while deployed.

Master Sergeant Gary J. Flesch distinguished himself by outstanding achievement while assigned to 120th Maintenance Squadron, 120th Maintenance Group, 120th Airlift Wing, Montana National Guard during Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2018, earning the Meritorious Service Medal awarded to him on Aug. 10, 2019.

Sergeant Flesch led the Aerospace Ground Equipment Section through the Wing’s conversion to the C-130 Airframe and supported over 10,000 flying hours and 6,000 sorties of local and off-station training. He also volunteered for the Wing’s first deployment in the C-130 as a troop leader, he and his team helped prepare four aircraft and 67 maintainers for their fourth deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, which they arrived on time and prepared for the mission. 

While deployed, Sergeant Flesch helped supervise a ground equipment section that supported 2,925 flying hours, 1,838 sorties, 13,139 passengers and 6,419 tons hauled without incident and with a 98.4 percent sortie effectiveness rating. Sergeant Flesch’s strict adherence to compliance-based maintenance for himself and other shop personnel has led to a maintenance standardization and evaluation of over 93 percent in his area, with zero injuries or damaged equipment during this time frame. 

Finally, his oversight led to zero significant or critical findings in the Wing’s 2016 Unit Effectiveness Inspection, which saw the Wing reach an overall “Effective” rating after only being in the C-130 timeframe for two years. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Flesch reflect great credit upon himself, the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force.

Gary James Flesch is the son of Bonnie and the late Leroy Flesch. Bonnie lives in Conrad.

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