This citation was given to me from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, a general I had know for more than 20 years. It was handed to me with other papers as my last act after 27 years of military service on my last day at the Pentagon.
Very few received this award during their career.
The citation reads:
Citation to accompany the award of
The Air Force Com- mendation Medal
(Third Oak Leaf Cluster)
Everett B. Vanover
Master Sergeant Everett B. Vanover distinguished himself by meritorious service as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Message Control Section, Message Distribution Branch, Headquarters Telecommunications Center Activity, Communications-Electronics
Operations Division, 2044th Communications Group, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., from 22 June 1971 to 30 November 1972. During this period, Sergeant Vanover’s outstanding managerial skill, administrative ability, and personal military leadership were significant factors in the successful accomplishment of the 2044th Communications Group mission to Headquarters United States Air Force and other governmental agencies in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Through his industry, perseverance, and determination, all assignments were completed on time and operational results conformed to plan. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Vanover culminate a distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.