Liverpool Resident Tilley Awarded Air Force Commendation Medal

The 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) at the Eastern Air Defense Sector recently presented outstanding service medals to seven New York Air National Guardsmen. The Airmen were:

1st Lt. Quinn Tilley, Liverpool, Air Force Commendation Medal. Recently commissioned, Tilley received the award for his work while serving as an enlisted Airman at the 224th ADS, where he led a surveillance team that detected thousands of unknown radar tracks and validated 309 suspect aircraft. His surveillance work during three National Special Security Events helped provide security for more than 190 national and international leaders, including the President and Pope Francis. Tilley also created the first-ever validation and reporting matrix that merged advanced sensors with existing radars.

The 224th ADG is composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector's (EADS) mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

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