Valdosta Daily Times

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June 6, 2008

Moody AFB honors hero

VALDOSTA — Moody Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony in honor of MSgt. Michael H. Maltz for the First Term Airmen and Professional Enhancement Center Friday.

MSgt. Maltz, 42, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died in an HH-60 Pave Hawk accident in Afghanistan March 23, 2003. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron stationed out of Moody Air Force Base.

Opening comments at the dedication ceremony were given by Chief MSgt. Paul Burgess following the presentation of colors, national anthem, and invocation. The 23rd Wing presentation of the First Airmen and Professional Enhancement Center was highlighted by the unveiling of the marquee that bore Michael H. Maltz’s name for family to see, including his sons, Kyle and Cody, and former wife Beverly Maltz-Chabot of Washington state.

“It’s an absolute honor. We think about Mike daily. He was a huge part of the adventure of life,” said Maltz-Chabot. “He was an avid volunteer in the community as a firefighter and an ROTC mentor. It’s incredible to see something this big in his honor for his contribution to pararescuemen and airmen youth. He was all about leadership and being a role model and it’s incredible to come back and see how close the pararescuemen family still is.”

The portrait of Maltz that will grace the main entrance to the center was painted by Fay Bridges Hyatt. In a message, read at the ceremony, Hyatt said that she was touched by Maltz’s story and dedication to his country and was donating the portrait to the building.

In closing remarks, 23rd Wing Vice Commander Col. Henry Santicola said, “All that pass the portrait of Maltz will be reminded of his honor, excellence, and sacrifice.”

A tour of the building followed as guests attended the dedication ceremony’s reception.

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