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September 17, 2006

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeffrey Dill, son of Jean Tinkler and Joe Dill, both of Hagerstown, was promoted to major on June 1.

Dill was active in the Hagerstown Civil Patrol as Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. He earned the Mitchell, Earhart, and Eaker Awards and completed three of four achievements for the Spaatz Award.

A 1992 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, Dill is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. On May 29, 1996, at the Commissioning and Oath of Office, Capt. George Jarkey of the Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol presented and pinned Jeff with his second lieutenant bars.

Dill completed navigator training in 1998 for the C130H cargo plane. His duty station was Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. He also had six temporary duty (TDY) assignments to Japan, flying to bases within the region. While deployed in Thailand, Jeff airlifted MIA search teams into Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In 2000, he served a four-month TDY in Bogota, Colombia. In February 2002, he was awarded The Air Force Commendation Medal for his Meritorious Service.

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While serving in Alaska, Dill applied for pilot training with the Air Force. He would be accepted only if he could first get his private pilot license. He completed this and his training began in Georgia and Mississippi. He finished at the top in his class and was given the opportunity to choose the plane he would like to fly. His choice was the B1 bomber.

In 2004, he completed his training in Texas. His duty station was then Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D., where he is now stationed. He has served TDYs in Guam, as well as an island in the Indian Ocean.

In the fall of 2005, he was chosen to be the co-pilot for one of two B1 bombers to fly in the Russia Air Show. He performed four flights, with more than 300,000 people watching. This was the first time a B1 was invited to participate in this show. On July 9, 2006, he served his first flight as a commander/pilot, with a four-man crew.

Dill lives in Blackhawk, S.D., where he spends his free time dirt biking and motorcycling at Sturgis, Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills area. He has made several long trips on his motorcycle.

He first learned his pilot skills in the Hagerstown Soap Box Derby, beginning in 1985.

Dill has a brother, Jereme, in Hagerstown, and a sister Julie and brother Joey, both in Seattle, Wash. He is the grandson of Sue Timcio of Johnstown, Pa.

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