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Kingsley Field Airman selected for award

Biography photo of Senior Airman Wayne Steptoe.

A Team Kingsley Airmen from the 550th Fighter Squadron, the active duty tenant unit assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing, was recognized for his superior performance. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bobby “Wayne” Steptoe earned “Thunderbolt of the Week” from the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. --

A Team Kingsley Airmen from the 550th Fighter Squadron, the active duty tenant unit assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing, was recognized for his superior performance.  Senior Airman Bobby “Wayne” Steptoe earned “Thunderbolt of the Week” from the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

The award originated at Luke AFB and is used to recognize outstanding performance of individual Airmen.  The recipients of the “Thunderbolt of the Week” recognition are then put it to compete for the Airman of the Quarter.  Steptoe is the 550th FS Airman of the Quarter for the 4th quarter and will compete with the group at large for the 56th Operations Group Airman of the Quarter.

Originally hailing from Statesboro, Georgia Steptoe came to Kingsley Field, Oregon from RAF Lakenheath northwest of London, England.

He was chosen for the recognition due in part to an inspection where he discovered a crack on an aircraft inlet, which averted further structural damage. He has also discovered chafing on hydraulic lines for which he coordinated remanufacture and replacement.

“He has a big personality and has integrated seamlessly, not only with the 550th Airmen, but also with our host unit Airmen of the Oregon ANG,” said his commander Lt. Col. Brad Orgeron. “He is proving to be a talented asset in building the future of airpower.

Steptoe says his hobbies include helping coach local high school football and hunting, two prominent activities found in the Klamath Basin. Additionally he is married with a two-year-old and another on the way.

Congratulations to both Steptoe and his family!