Paola Legion Riders show appreciation for 190th Airmen, mission

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  • By Senior Airman Emily E. Amyotte
  • 190th Air Refueling Wing
The American Legion Riders, Chapter 156 from Paola, Kansas visited the 190th Air Refueling Wing on June 25, 2017, to show their support for Airmen and the refueling mission.

The American Legion Riders are a national motorcycle club split into regional sectors that provide support for veterans and their families. The Paola chapter is one of the most active in Kansas and often rides in gratitude for military funerals along with numerous parades, Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day programs.

“We support what you do,” said George Honn, Paola American Legion Riders director. “And all the support we’ve got from the 190th goes to show how much you appreciate what we do. Not very often you get an invitation to do something like a personal visit onto base.”

During their visit they met with Airmen, observed the Patriot Guard nose art painted on a KC-135 and paraded their roaring engines with American flags waving proudly behind each bike.

The Patriot Guard nose art idea was inspired by Master Sgt. Chris Dubois, 190th ARW crew chief, and was later designed and painted by Senior Airman Skylar Caldwell, 190th ARW crew chief. It was first revealed in April 2016 and took three days to complete. The American Legion Riders agreed that it was a privilege to visit and take photos with the nose art.

“I love sharing the nose art with anyone who has ever stood the line or wants to hear the story,” Debois said. “I believe this nose art represents the great people of the Patriot Guard and Legion Riders. These individuals take time from their personal lives and make sure service members and their families are shown the proper respect.”