Our friend, Johnny B, passed away today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a true Airman, Mentor, Friend, Husband, Father and lover of bacon. He is survived by his amazing wife, Debby, their two wonderful children Zach and Lily, his mother, sisters and countless friends that he has made throughout the years. He served almost 21 years in the Air Force. Johnny B was a seasoned Combat Veteran with thousands of flight hours on multiple aircraft and his accomplishments are evident by the long list of awards and decorations:
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Medal with 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 4 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 Silver Star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Kosovo Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Star
Afghan Campaign Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Ribbon
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Kuwait
To quote a mutual friend of ours, Dave Porter, “I sometimes wonder if maybe the real worth of a person is in the number of times in their life they made other people smile. If so, Johnny, you are priceless.”
We all love you, Johnny B and we are all deeply saddened with your departure from this world. Fly high into that wild blue yonder and we will all meet up again one day.

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