Air Force recognizes Marietta native with public service award

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  • By Erin M. Wood
  • Air Combat Command Public Affairs

Gen. Mark Kelly, former Air Combat Command commander, recognized a Marietta native as an emeritus member of the ACC Commander’s Group during a recognition event at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 27.

During the event, Gen. Kelly presented Dr. Lucy Greene with the Commander’s Public Service Award for her distinctive accomplishments made over a span of 31 years in support of the organization. The CG was established in 1992.

Greene was an advocate and an administrative assistant to founding member Parker Greene and she stepped into full membership following his passing. The program was developed to inform civic leaders on ACC’s priorities, so they can engage with congressional delegates, mobilized networks, and established partnerships to advance ACC and the Department of the Air Force’s interests.

“The Air Force has had a major influence on my life as I have witnessed firsthand the serious commitment and continuing loyalty of our Airmen and families to the defense of our great country,” Greene said.

Kelly presented the award to Greene and fellow emeritus member, Vickie McCall, in front of a room full of fellow CG members, Airmen, friends and family.

“Civic leaders commit their time, effort and energy, and very often their own money, for the greater good of our Airmen and our nation, and they succeed,” Kelly said. “It’s not a trivial commitment that they make, and it does not go unnoticed.”

A lifelong Georgian, Greene is proud to have been born in Marietta which is home to Lockheed Martin and Dobbins Air Reserve Base. She’s been a supporter of the military and a civic leader for Moody Air Force Base for decades.

“The opportunities I have had to serve the Air Force and my country through Moody support is a major joy in my life,” Greene said.

The recognition event was part of a week-long visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis that coincided with Gen. Kelly’s retirement and ACC’s change of command. The visit allowed the CG members an opportunity to bid their farewells, and to welcome the new ACC commander, Gen. Ken Wilsbach.

The CG members also received multiple briefs on the latest top issues and challenges that the Air Force faces. Though Greene is now an emeritus member, she’ll still take what she’s learned during this visit to continue her support of ACC and its Airmen.

“The opportunity the commander has given us to be a part of this program makes us feel that we actually contribute to the defense of this country, which is a privilege and a blessing,” Greene said. “It’s the Airmen that make this such a thrill, and we pray every day for their safety and continued success.”