McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Former Washington Air National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Frank Scoggins, USAF, Retired, will be guest speaker at the formal dedication of a historic F-16 static display at McChord Air Force Base on Wednesday, May 21. General Scoggins replaces Brig. Gen. John M. Del Toro who is unable to attend due to a change in his schedule.
General Scoggins served as assistant adjutant general and commander of the Washington ANG for 13 years, retiring in March 2007.
The aircraft, F-16A S/N 82-0929, was one of the three F-16s scrambled against hijacked airliners on Sept. 11, 2001. The aircraft and its pilot on that day — Lt Col. Brad Derrig, commander of the 119th Operations Group, North Dakota Air National Guard — will always be remembered as part of the United States’ first line of defense against terrorism. Colonel Derrig will be a part of the dedication ceremony next week.
Colonel Derrig piloted the historic jet on its final flight to McChord AFB Dec. 26, 2006. After its arrival at McChord, the aircraft was prepared for permanent display by volunteers from several agencies and organizations — the McChord Air Museum, the 162nd Fighter Wing from Tucson, Ariz., the 194th Operations Group, the 62nd Airlift Wing and Western Air Defense Sector. On Feb. 11 this year, the aircraft was set on permanent display in front of Western Air Defense Sector at McChord.
Built in 1982, this particular aircraft was flown for 3,920 sorties (individual aircraft flights) resulting in a lifetime of 5,781 flight hours.
The dedication ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in front of the Sector, Bldg. 852, at McChord. Sector Commander Col. Paul Gruver will host the event.
The ceremony will include a flyover by F-16s from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing, and an unveiling of a plaque in front of the aircraft. A reception and tours of the Sector’s Operations floor will follow the ceremony.