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This year's recipient of the 944th Fighter Wing "Graydon Williams Award" is Technical Sergeant David Emery. 

TSgt David R Emery is a Quality Assurance Inspector assigned to the 414th Fighter Group Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. TSgt Emery is responsible for training and evaluating maintenance personnel, assuring quality of maintenance on a fleet of 94 F-15E Aircraft, and providing technical oversight for the Total Force Integration concept over 2,358 maintenance personnel within the 4th Maintenance Group.

TSgt Emery began his career in 2012 as an F-15E Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems Technician at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. From there he served in a wide variety of roles within the Aircraft Maintenance career field. From 2012 to 2014 he was the only Electrical/Environmental Systems Technician assigned to the 414th Maintenance Squadron. In 2014, he became an Air Reserve Technician and as a Senior Airman was the lead Tech in the 916th Maintenance Squadron Electrical and Environmental Systems Back shop for the KC-135R. He cross-trained in 2015 to become a Fighter Integrated Avionics Systems Technician with the 414th Maintenance Squadron in Total Force Integration with the 333rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit. In 2018, he accepted his current assignment as a Quality Assurance Inspector with 414th Fighter Group at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.


2011 – Associate Degree in Web Technology at Vance-Granville Community College, N.C.

2012 – Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas

2013 – Electrical/Environmental Systems Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2015 - Airman Leadership School Correspondence Course, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

2016 – Fighter Integrated Avionics Systems Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2018 – Associate Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology, CCAF

2018 – Associate Degree in Avionics Systems Maintenance, CCAF


Aug 2012 – Oct 2012, Basic Military Training, trainee, Lackland AFB, Texas

Oct 2012 – Feb 2013, Electrical/Environmental Systems Technical School, trainee, Sheppard AFB, Texas

Feb 2013 - Aug 2014, 414th MXS Electrical/Environmental Systems Tech, Seymour Johnson, AFB N.C.

Aug 2014 - Sep 2015, 916th MXS Electrical/Environmental Systems Tech, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

Sep 2015 - Jun 2018, 414th MXS Fighter Integrated Avionics Systems Tech, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

Jun 2018 – Present, 414th FG Quality Assurance Inspector, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.


Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

AF Longevity Service

USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)

AF Training Ribbon


AETC Top Graduate Electrical & Environmental Technical School – 2013

Airman of the Quarter – Apr-Jun 2013

Airman of the Quarter – Oct-Dec 2013

414th MXS Airman of the Year – 2013

414th FG Airman of the Year – 2013

AETC Top Graduate Fighter Integrated Avionics Technical School – 2016


Airman First Class Jun 2012

Senior Airman Jun 2013

Staff Sergeant Aug 2016

Technical Sergeant Nov 2018

(Current as of Feb 2020)