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Crabtree pins on first star

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash., - Beth Crabtree, left, and Ruth Crabtree right, pin on Brig. Gen. Eric Crabtrees stars during his promotion ceremony April 1.  General Crabtree is the commander of the 446th Airlift Wing.

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash., - Beth Crabtree, left, and Ruth Crabtree right, pin on Brig. Gen. Eric Crabtrees stars during his promotion ceremony April 1. General Crabtree is the commander of the 446th Airlift Wing.

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- In a flashback to his childhood, Brig. Gen. Eric Crabtree found himself in a position of having his mother help him put the finishing touches on his outfit. In this case, it was a star on his shoulder.
In a ceremony April 1, hosted by 4th Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Bob Duignan,
then-Colonel Crabtree was promoted to brigadier general. His mother, Ruth Crabtree and his wife Beth Crabtree, pinned on his stars in front of an audience of friends, family and Reservists from the 446th Airlift Wing. His sons, Josh Crabtree and Clinton Melendez, also helped seal the deal by putting on his one-star shoulder boards.
In his remarks to the crowd General Duignan credited General Crabtree’s promotion to hard work at every assignment and to the success of the 446th AW in performing its global C-17 mission.
General Crabtree said he is not expecting to move from the top spot in the wing for at least a year, and that he appreciates the hard work and support of the wing as Reservists continue to support the Global War on Terrorism.