Chief flies high for Guard and Reserve forces

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By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy holds the men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces in high esteem.

“It’s very moving to see how much heart they put into service to this country while holding down full-time jobs,” Torpy said after spending Friday flying in a fuel tanker and observing a variety of military exercises during a “Boss Lift” program.

Boss Lift is part of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program, he said, “which sponsors bosses on outings where they can see how involved their ‘weekend warriors’ are and the impressive nature of their rescue operations and other exercises.”

Torpy, whose employee Ofc. Sheldon Simpson is in the Reserves, flew with other bosses Friday between Kirtland AFB and Cannon AFB.

“We had an opportunity to watch four F-16 fighter jets get refueled in flight and see what our employees do in training while away from their jobs,” Torpy said. “Then we received a briefing from National Guard and Army and Marine National Guard commanders at Cannon on the guard’s role in the war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as briefings on stateside operations.”

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