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Farewell, Chief Boyles

Chief Master Sgt. Dave Boyles receives an award for service during a retirement ceremony held in his honor Nov. 4, 2017 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va.

Chief Master Sgt. Dave Boyles receives an award for service during a retirement ceremony held in his honor Nov. 4, 2017 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Boyles has been serving in the United States Air Force for more than 41-years and accumulated more than 10,000 flying hours as a C-130 loadmaster. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Holli Nelson)

Chief Master Sgt. Dave Boyles, a 130th Airlift Wing loadmaster supervisor with more than 10,000 flying hours, says one last goodbye to the C-130H after his final flight Nov. 3, 2017 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va.

Chief Master Sgt. Dave Boyles, a 130th Airlift Wing loadmaster supervisor with more than 10,000 flying hours, says one last goodbye to the C-130H after his final flight Nov. 3, 2017 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va. Boyles is celebrating the end to 41 years of service to both the country and the state of West Virginia. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Airman Caleb Vance)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --

Boyles entered active duty as a security specialist (current day security forces) in June, 1976. He attended basic military training and technical school at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, with additional training at Camp Bullis, Texas. He was stationed at Minor AFB, North Dakota; Balikesir, Turkey; and Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota while on active duty. After leaving active duty, Boyles later joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in April, 1981. He cross-trained into the unit as a loadmaster on the C-130E model and began working full-time for the 130th AW.

 

While serving the WVANG, Boyles advanced in his career field by working on the C-130H models (H1-H3) over a span of 20 years. He has deployed in support of numerous military missions including Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Provide Promise, and Operation Coronet Oak. Additionally, Boyles has a long flight history, having logged more than 10,745 hours of flight time on the C-130 airframe.

 

The retiring Chief described his most memorable military flight of his career, “I remember flying into Kuwait City during Operation Desert Storm at night. The oil fields were on fire, and once we dropped below the clouds, it looked like the gates of hell had opened up. It reminded me of the painting from Dante’s Inferno; that’s something that I will always remember.”


Col. Johnny Ryan, 130th AW commander, provided the perfect description of Boyles’ service.

 

“Chief Master Sgt. Boyles has been an example of what is a ‘Chiefs' Chief.’ He truly cares about the people that he has the honor to serve with, and has had a meaningful impact on all of those fortunate enough to work with him. We wish him all of the very best and are thankful for his many, many years of service.”


Upon reflecting on the best advice he could provide to a young airman today, Boyles offered, “The organization depends on them, no matter how miniscule they think their job might be. We’re all parts of a puzzle; once we start removing pieces, the mission begins to suffer as well. Every job that an airman performs is just as important as the next.”

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