S: MSgt Wilfred R. Moore's Air Force Retirement - January 19, 2011
BC: In Honor of Wilfred R. Moore's Service to Our Great Nation Made with Love by Cheryl Moore
FC: Wilfred R. Moore Air Force Retirement January 19, 2011
2: USMC | Will's proud family: Justin, Shelly, Olivia and Randy Moore
3: Retirement Memorabilia
4: Julie, Will and Shelly | A big hug from brother Vincent | Sister Julie and son Randy
5: Vincent and Olivia | Randy, Vincent, Olivia and Justin | Cheryl and Shelly
6: OUR HERO
7: All Smiles | So Proud
10: Lieutenant Colonel Alex Carothers gave opening remarks and presented Will with numerous honors and medals.
12: Shelly presents her husband with a special Air Force retirement pin
15: Members of Will's squadron present him with retirement awards
16: Will presents a bouquet of flowers to his beautiful wife Shelly in appreciation for all her support over the past 26 years that he has been in the Air Force.
19: Olivia's Speech Dear Dad, You are such a great person. I love you so much. When I heard you weren't going to be in the Air Force anymore, I felt terrible. I felt terrible because the people in the Air Force are wonderful. They're like family. No, they ARE family. Dad, you're the best! The Air Force has taught you many things from the beginning you stepped in this place, from the moment right now. I couldn't ask for a better Dad in the world than this one standing right here. I love you Dad. You're my #1 Dad. Yours truly, Olivia!
20: OUR MIGHTY AIR FORCE HERO
21: Opposite page: Olivia's speech for her Dad moved him to tears. He couldn't speak for several minutes afterward. | Justin wants to be just like his Dad...proud to serve his country!
23: A special retirement cake for MSgt Moore
24: Will's Princess
26: Will treasures his custom made helmet
27: Olivia and Justin ... So proud of their Dad
29: Family dinner celebrations at Red Lobster and Teofilo's Great food... but even greater company!
30: MSgt Wilfred R. Moore's Story Master Sergeant Wilfred R. Moore was the MC-130P/HC-130P/N Airborne Mission Systems Specialists (AMSS) Program Manager for the 58th Special Operations Wing, 58th Training Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He was responsible for the modification, maintenance, and operational suitability of the MC-130P and HC-130P/N aircrew training devices. Additionally, Master Sergeant Moore managed the modification, maintenance and course flow for three syllabi of instruction (SOI) directly impacting loadmaster student training and over 100 students annually. The son of an enlisted Air Force Vietnam veteran, Master Sergeant Moore was born in Baton Rouge, New Orleans Louisiana on March 17, 1960 and grew up in an Air Force family. He graduated from Tucson High School in Tucson, Arizona in 1979, then he attended Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Arizona on a full scholarship as a running back. The following season, he transferred to the University of Bemidji State in Minnesota. He returned to Tucson in 1980 and worked for Walgreens as a liquor manager before receiving the call to duty. He entered the Air Force in August 1985 at Lackland Air Force Base. After graduating BMT as the Dorm Chief of Honor flight 019, he proceeded to Technical Training at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi to attend the Airborne Communications Systems Operator Course.
31: In December 1985, Sergeant Moore graduated "Distinguished Graduate". He was then assigned to the 4th Airborne Command and Control Squadron (ACCS), Strategic Air Command, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flying on six different platforms of the EC-135 Airborne Launch Command Center. While at the 4th ACCS, he spent 6.5 years flying numerous high profile higher headquarters and Joint Chief of Staff Exercises. Sergeant Moore quickly upgraded to Instructor and was hand selected as Lead Radio Operator to successfully launch the first Minuteman Peacekeeper Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg AFB while operating a newly modified Digital Automated Intercommunication Switching System. After the Cold War was declared, Sergeant Moore was assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), Air Force Special Operations Command, 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan from 1992-2000. While with the 17th SOS, he participated in multiple extensive exercises such as Foal Eagle, Balance Piston, Balance Torch, Cobra Gold, Balance Buffalo, Teak Knife, Balacatan, and Cope Thunder. He quickly demonstrated his strong technical skills and communications expertise on a tactical mission which resulted in him being lauded by Brigadier General Cliver for his outstanding performance.
32: In April 2000, Sergeant Moore departed Air Force Special Operations Command and began flying on EC-130E with the 42nd Airborne Battle Staff Command and Control Center, Air Combat Command, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. While at the 42nd, his strong technical skills and communications expertise impressed his fellow AMSSs. While most of his unit was on deployment prior to his arrival, Sergeant Moore meticulously researched and created a classified JTIDS and SATCOM capability briefing for all 42 ACCS squadron members being deployed to the Afghanistan region. He was hand picked by leadership for back to back Air Warrior exercises at Nellis AFB. There he flawlessly briefed Air Warrior ground intelligence officers from the Navy, Marines and Army on the Airborne Battlefield Command Control Center EC-130E unique capsule communications capabilities, frequency assignment/separations, management of airborne assets, battlestaff target operations, and Director of Airborne Battlestaff responsibilities. Again his technical savvy and communications skills were put to the test. During a combat readiness mission, Sergeant Moore coordinated, established, and maintained a vital radio relay link with ISR platforms and naval ships, giving them a primary link without Red Air tracking or tracing the information, earning him laudatory comments by Air Defense Commander for outstanding technical expertise. This was a short assignment for Sergeant Moore; the unit was deactivated in August 2002.
33: In November 2002, Sergeant Moore returned to AFSOC and was transferred back to his former unit in Okinawa. There he spent more years participating in various exercises. He assumed the role as Airborne Mission System Specialist Resource Manager where he was the focal point for 8 AMSS operators, managing daily operation/ground/flight training, mission tasking and contingencies exercises. A welcomed asset back to special operations, he reviewed and edited all squadron communications security operating instructions for a combined Wing/Pacific Air Force inspection earning his unit the highest rating on both inspections. He flew 24 intense tactical missions during three major Pacific Theater exercise deployments, enhancing AMSS training functions and increased interoperability. Before coming to the 58 TRS, Sergeant Moore was a valued AMSS and Instructor for the 550th Special Operations Squadron. As Resource Manager, he managed 13 assigned and attached Instructors, was one of 13 certified Air Force instructors worldwide who was dual qualified to fly both the MC-130P/N Combat shadow and the HC-130P/N King Rescue Aircraft. While at the 58 TRS, MSgt Moore managed the MC/HC-130P AMSS simulator training programs and upgrades for over $150 million in simulator devices. A vital member of the ADT team, he volunteered 120 plus hours, validated 10 simulator systems, and discovered 145 findings.