“High Five” tour visits Air Station Sacramento

Capt. Douglas Nash, retired Master Sgt. Terry Burke, Ileine Burke, Dan McCabe, Kirk Stafford and Cmdr. Stefanie Lincoln. Photo courtesy Air Station Sacramento

 Story by Lt. j.g. Rory Yoder

On Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, volunteers for the Wounded Warrior Family Support High Five Tour made a pit stop at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento. This visit was the organization’s first ever to a Coast Guard unit as members took a break from the workday to see the Mustang GT-500 “Super Snake” that supports the tour.

Founded by retired Col. John Folsom, USMC, the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s High Five Tour encourages Americans to show their appreciation to our country’s military families for their sacrifices.  Normally, supporters make a small donation to sign the brilliantly painted vehicle. However, signatures are free to active-duty military members.

During a five-month tour this summer, the 2013 Mustang GT-500 “Super Snake,” donated by Col. Folsom and driven by volunteers, will cover more than 21,000 miles, traveling to more than 60 cities and making stops in 48 states.

Kirk Stafford, Dan McCabe and retired Master Sgt. Terry Burke, USAF, of the Golden Hills Mustang club, were instrumental in making the visit possible. Master Sgt. Burke’s son, Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Burke, an aviation maintenance technician who works in the Quality Assurance shop at the air station, was extremely persistent in finding a spot for the air station in the Tour’s busy schedule.

The Golden Hills Mustang club has been keen to photograph the “Super Snake” next to the CG-1705 Memorial located on base, since they were responsible for organizing a donation for its construction in 2009.  

The "High Five" tour "Super Snake" with the CG-1705 memorial. Photo courtesy of Air Station Sacramento

The “High Five” tour “Super Snake” with the CG-1705 memorial. Photo courtesy of Air Station Sacramento

Through the High Five Tour 2013, Wounded Warriors Family Support pledged $500,000 toward the construction of two “smart homes” for deserving wounded warriors and their families in Fayetteville, N.C., and Guthrie, Okla.

Capt. Douglas Nash, commanding officer of Air Station Sacramento, was pleased with the outcome of the visit and fully supported the Tour’s mission.

“Air Station Sacramento was honored to have the opportunity to support the High Five Tour and military members who served bravely and sacrificed for our country,” said Nash.