Air Force Reserves conducts flyover Selma Tuesday

Published 2:49 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The only Alabama U.S. Air Force Reserve Wing did a flyover across Selma on Tuesday afternoon.

Several employers at Vaughan Regional Medical Center watched two C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 908th Airlift Wing that honored front line heroes in the COVID-19 response, doctors and nurses.

VRMC CEO David McCormack said he’s grateful that the Air Force reserves honored the first responders.

“I think it’s fantastic,” McCormack said. “Our staff works hard everyday. The coronavirus has brought health care to the forefront.”

Kayla Friene, a Case Management Nurse, said she enjoyed the gesture.

“The Air Force reserves showed appreciation for us helping the community,” Friene said.

Shannon Perry, who’s been a nurse for 33 years, also expressed gratitude from the military reserves.

“It feels good to know that we’re appreciated because we work so hard,” Perry said.

VRMC Nurse Bernice Austin said she welcomes the attention.

“The hospital has always focused on healing the community, it means a lot to get appreciated,” Austin said.

The 10 city flyover began Tuesday morning in Montgomery and ended in the Queen City. Tusaloosa, Muscle Shoals, Florence, Decatur, Huntsville, Birmingham, Auburn and Troy were the other stops.

Col. Craig Drescher, commander of the 908th Airlift Wing, said it’s important to show support to statewide workers.