Boynton Honored For Federal Service
Gen. Ray Johns, commander Air Mobility Command, recently recognized Sharon Boynton for 40 years of federal service. Along with an official certificate, Gen. Johns presented Boynton with his personal “challenge coin.” A challenge coin is a small coin bearing the organization’s insignia or emblem, normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. When challenged by another coin holder, tradition requires you to show your coin. If you do not have your coin, you must purchase a beverage of choice for the person who challenged you.
Boynton also received personal coins and notes of recognition from Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, commander 18AF, and Boynton’s immediate supervisor Maj. Gen. David Allvin, commander 618 Airlift Operations Center.
Boynton’s 40 years of federal service incorporates active and reserve duty time in the Air Force as well as her civilian service with the Air Force. As an air transportation officer, Boynton was assigned to Air Force bases in California, Alaska, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Illinois. In her civilian capacity at the Tanker Airlift Control Center, Boynton is director, Global Channel Operations. Her challenge since 9- 11 has been acquiring, planning and scheduling airlift to support the movement of passengers and thousands of tons of sustainment cargo needed by our deployed troops worldwide. She has travelled to various locations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain to meet with counterparts and assist them with resolving logistic issues associated with the timely delivery and movement of cargo and passengers.
Boynton’s workplace, the Tanker Airlift Control Center, located at Scott AFB, Ill., is Air Mobility Command’s hub for planning and directing tanker (air refueling) and transport aircraft (both military and contract commercial) operations around the world. Nearly 700 assigned active duty, reserve, air national guardsmen, contractors and civilian personnel plan, schedule and track tanker, airlift and aeromedical evacuation aircraft worldwide to efficiently and effectively accomplish delivery of cargo and passengers wherever needed. Most recently, the TACC planned and executed more than 100 airlift missions moving critically needed relief items to the East Coast to assist with recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Boynton, formerly Sharon Wible, is a 1965 graduate of Forbes Road High School and a 1968 graduate of Shippensburg University. She has also earned master’s degrees from Webster University and Ball State University. As an Air Force officer, she completed Squadron Officer School, Air Commander and Staff College, and Air War College. In 1998 she ended her Air Force career, retiring as a colonel. She and her spouse, Jerry, also a retired Air Force colonel, reside in O’Fallon, Ill., not far from St. Louis, Mo.
Boynton frequently visits her parents, Fred and Dorothy Wible of New Grenada, and her sister, Carol Wible, and sister-in-law, Joanne Wible, who reside in McConnellsburg.