Air Force Reserve Salutes COVID-19 First Responders and Front-Line Caregivers with Flyover

The 910th Airlift Wing launched ‘Hercs Over America’ on Monday, May 4, 2020, as a way for the Air Force Reserve family to salute thousands of healthcare workers, essential employees and other first responders on the front line of the battle against COVID-19.

The ‘salute’ flyover, consisting of two of the 910th’s C-130H Hercules aircraft, kicked off the event in Erie, Pennsylvania. The two-ship formation proceeded to various cities throughout Northeast Ohio. They saluted caregivers at multiple health care facilities, including the following Cleveland Clinic hospitals: main campus, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Akron General and Fairview Hospital.

Caregivers at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital wave as the Air Force planes fly by. (Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic)

Cleveland Clinic has four caregivers, Nadine Thomas, R.N. (Fairview) Derek Kilberg, Radiology Technologist (Akron General) and Drezden Johnson, R.N. (South Pointe Hospital) and Jennifer Denton, R.N. (Cleveland Clinic Children’s) who are in the Air Force Reserve and are currently deployed.

The aircraft concluded ‘Hercs Over America,’ in the skies, above Boardman, Ohio.

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