MTANG officer receives top safety award

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  • By Maj. Rick Anderson
  • 120th Fighter Wing
The flight safety officer from the Montana Air National Guard received top honors as the National Guard's Flight Safety Officer of the Year during the 2010 Executive Safety Summit held at Fort Worth Texas.

Captain Carol Kohtz was recognized for her tenacious attention to detail and overall contribution to the safety program for the Air National Guard.

"The Air National Guard has established the safest working environment for conducting what is often a dangerous business," said the Director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. Bud Wyatt. "Anyone in a safety situation should be able to call knock-it-off".

Captain Kohtz is no stranger to the dangerous business of aviation. She has earned numerous levels of experience in flying from a certified flight instructor in commercial, instrument and multi-engine categories to being selected to fly F-16s for the MTANG. During her military pilot training, Capt. Kohtz earned the Flying Training Award, the Top Gun Award and the Top Academic Performer Award.

She is a fully qualified F-15 pilot and serves as a supervisor of the 186th Fighter Squadron. Prior to becoming the flight safety officer, she was assigned as an assistant squadron scheduler.

Captain Kohtz will receive a plaque, certificate and be formally recognized during a wing formation.