McIntosh High School on Sept. 6 unveiled its Wall of Honor, becoming the first school in Fayette County to honor military members who were former McIntosh students, faculty and staff.
Located in an upstairs hallway, the Wall of Honor is located in two display cases containing the photos and biographies of three dozen Armed Forces members who were previously affiliated with the school.
Congratulating the effort that went into the display, Principal Dan Lane also noted that, “This will be a constant reminder of that there are many avenues to success in life.”
Addressing the large group assembled in the hallway, Superintendent Jody Barrow said, “Wonderful things happen when we work together. So thank you.”
Commenting on the project prior to the Sept. 6 ceremony, Lane said, “We hope the outstanding examples of service to our nation in our Wall of Honor will not only show our pride in the military careers of our graduates and staff but also encourage current and future McIntosh students to consider the possibilities for personal growth and professional achievement offered by serving their country in the Armed Forces.”
The project was spear-headed by Kim Taylor and Chuck Buckle.
A sampling of the honorees from recent years included in the Wall of Honor are:
• Major Tyler Schultz, Class of 2003, USAF A-10 Combat pilot and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Mackay Trophy, awarded for the most meritorious flight of the year, 2018.
• Sergeant-Major Chuck Buckle (Ret.), McIntosh faculty 1981 To 2013, US Army Reserves, Operation Enduring Freedom 2002-2003. Legion of Merit.
• Major Chris Taylor, Class of 2003, USAF Test and Combat Pilot, F-35 Panther, F-15E Strike Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon.
• Major John Powers, Class of 2003, USAF Combat F-16 pilot and graduate of the prestigious USAF Weapons School.
• Captain Libby Taylor (Tiffany), Class of 2010, USAF HC-130J Combat Search and Rescue Pilot with the Combat Kings, recently returned from a combat tour in Iraq.
• 2nd Lieutenant Megan Plunkett, Class of 2013, Medical Student at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.
Also attending the wall of Honor event and included on the wall were Michael Handy (USAF), Evan Stizman (USAF) and military member Chris Judy.