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Memphis International Airport Notes
David Burton, Wing Commander, 164th Airlift Wing; Graham Smith, Vice President, Properties & Facilities, FedEx Major General Gus Hargett, Adjutant General, TN; Commander-in-Chief of the Tennessee National Guard, Governor Phil Bredesen; Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Robert Sepucha representing Congressman Harold Ford; Maj.
When David Burton calls home to talk to his parents, Norman and Esther, the first thing they say is, "Where are you?"That's because as captain on 757s or 767s for Delta for 16 years and also serving in the Tennessee Air National Guard, his combined duties have taken him all over the world.
They were surprised, however, when he
called from Kansas City recently.Seems David
flew a regular flight from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, picked up an empty 757 and flew it to Kansas City, where he
was waiting for theÊBoston Red Sox baseball team to finish their game so he
couldÊfly them to Minneapolis, Minn.Ê He
looked for Manny Ramirez but he
wasn't on the flight.ÊHowever, former Indians coach Brady Little was on board and heÊ(Brady) wanted to have a look inside the cockpit, so David
was more than happy to give him the 50-cent tour.Ê WereÊthe
team members good travelers?ÊWell, they can ham it up just like any other group, taking turns on the P.A System and having a good time.
After dropping the team off in Minneapolis, David
flew the 757 empty to New York.Ê(Imagine the cost?) The next time you see David in town, you'll have to show him a little respect because he holds the rank of colonel with the 164th Airlift Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard and was recently made the Wing CommanderÊin charge of the Memphis Air National Guard Base at the Memphis City Airport.ÊHe said maybe his parents might want to fly down for the ceremony.ÊEsther said it was a big to-do with the whole base attending, almost one thousand employees and reservists.Ê
MEM Welcomes the C
David Burton, Wing Commander.
Agreement Signed To Relocate TANG | Memphis International Airport
General David Brubaker, Deputy Director, Air National Guard of the United States; Major General Gus Hargett, The Admutant General, State of Tennessee; Colonel Janice M. Stritzinger, Civil Engineer of the Air National Guard; Colonel David Burton, Commander 164th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, Memphis; Arnold Perl, Chairman, MSCAA; Larry Cox, President & CEO, MSCAA; and, Graham Smith, Vice President, Properties & Facilities, FedEx Express.
We knew that we had to upgrade and refurbish our facilities and operations at Memphis with the arrival of the new C-5A aircraft, and that activity was going to be very disruptive and cumbersome if done on our current footprint," said Colonel Burton.
David Burton, Wing ...
David Burton, Wing Commander, 164th Airlift Wing; Graham Smith, Vice President, Properties & Facilities, FedEx; Major General Gus Hargett, Adjutant General, TN; Commander-in-Chief of the Tennessee National Guard, Governor Phil Bredesen; Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn; Robert Sepucha representing Congressman Harold Ford; Maj.