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Family of the late Mr. W. Parker Greene and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, right, listen to remarks during a Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Family of the late Mr. W. Parker Greene and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, right, listen to remarks during a Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Leveille)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Leveille)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taryn Butler)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taryn Butler)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presents the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) to Dr. Lucy Greene, who accepted on behalf of her husband the late Mr. W. Parker Greene during a Celebration of Life ceremony, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. Greene is the first to ever receive two DPSAs, the highest honor the Air Force can bestow upon a civilian. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presents the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) to Dr. Lucy Greene, who accepted on behalf of her husband the late Mr. W. Parker Greene during a Celebration of Life ceremony, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. Greene is the first to ever receive two DPSAs, the highest honor the Air Force can bestow upon a civilian. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein escorts Dr. Lucy Greene during the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein escorts Dr. Lucy Greene during the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein stands at attention during the presentation of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) for the late Mr. W. Parker Greene during a Celebration of Life ceremony, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. Greene is the first to ever receive two DPSAs, the highest honor the Air Force can bestow upon a civilian. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein stands at attention during the presentation of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) for the late Mr. W. Parker Greene during a Celebration of Life ceremony, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. Greene is the first to ever receive two DPSAs, the highest honor the Air Force can bestow upon a civilian. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, poses for a photo with Dr. Lucy Greene during the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, poses for a photo with Dr. Lucy Greene during the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein listens to remarks during the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein listens to remarks during the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua Robinson)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua Robinson)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, raises his hand in acknowledgement as he polls the crowd for those personally impacted by W. Parker Greene during a Celebration of Life ceremony, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, raises his hand in acknowledgement as he polls the crowd for those personally impacted by W. Parker Greene during a Celebration of Life ceremony, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr. Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein shows pictures of his grandchildren to Dr. Lucy Greene before the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein shows pictures of his grandchildren to Dr. Lucy Greene before the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Mr. W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andrea Jenkins)

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr.Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)
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Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command speaks at the Celebration of Life ceremony honoring the late W. Parker Greene, March 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The event was held in honor of Mr.Greene and his unwavering support to Moody, the local community and the entire Air Force for more than 40 years. Mr. Greene, a steadfast Air Force advocate and one of the most influential military civic leaders, passed away Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

It’s a rare quiet morning on Moody Air Force Base. A crowd begins to amass in a hangar with their heads held high and smiling as they greet one another, but mourning the loss of the most influential civic leader and advocate Moody, and many argue the Air Force, has ever had.

The crowd was made up of nearly 1,000 guests who have been personally impacted by a Southern Georgia legend. Air Force leaders past and present to include Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and commander of Air Combat Command Gen. Mike Holmes, Team Moody and the South Georgia community gathered for the W. Parker Greene Celebration of Life ceremony, March 14, 2019, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

"It's a real honor and privilege to be here today and share comments about the life and legacy of W. Parker Greene," said Larry Hanson, Executive Director, Georgia Municipal Association. "As I look around this room, I see so many who knew and admired Parker for the great man that he was. To try to summarize his life and his deeds in a few moments is no easy task."

Greene was a father, husband, longtime advocate for South Georgia and tireless supporter of Airmen. During his more than 40 years in Valdosta, he started by serving on the Red Carpet Committee in 1970, he then served on the military affairs committee within the local chamber of commerce and later became the executive director of the Moody Support Committee, which most notably was responsible for protecting Moody from closure in 1991.

Greene not only served his community but was one of the original members of the 25- year-old leadership council group, now known as the Air Combat Command (ACC) Commander’s group. Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of ACC, took a moment to reflect on Greene’s contributions.

“We talk in the Air Force about servant leadership and that's exactly what Parker was. He was a servant, a leader, an advocate, and a friend,” said Gen. Holmes. “When I talk to anybody about community leaders and about how things were supposed to be done, the conversation always came back to Parker and Dr. Lucy and the standards they set.”

In 2009, Greene was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA). During the ceremony, Gen. Goldfein had the distinct honor of presenting Greene’s second DPSA to his family. Mr. Greene is the first to ever receive two DPSAs, the highest honor the Air Force can bestow upon a civilian.

“Parker Green makes us want to be better men and women, to live up to a higher standard, to love and care for Airmen as much as he did and to give with no expectation of getting anything in return,” said Goldfein “As [19th Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz] pointed out, Mr. Parker and Dr. Lucy were a remarkable pair, two loyal longtime enduring champions for our Air Force and for our Airmen.”

Col. Jennifer Short, commander of the 23d Wing, has felt the impact of Greene's selfless devotion to the Air Force during her time in South Georgia. She presented a flag, which traveled by the side of Team Moody Airmen as they completed diverse missions around the world, in honor of Greene to his family as a token of appreciation.

"This flag was flown on every platform we fly here at Moody," said Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing commander. "It flew over the skies of south Georgia in an HC-130. It was flown in combat over Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the 23d Fighter Group. It flew with the 81st Fighter Squadron over the capital city of Kabul in an A-29; over the deserts of Africa with the 347th Rescue Group in an HH-60. It traveled back roads in an MRAP with the defenders from the 93d AGOW. Finally, it was raised and flown on the flagpole at the George W. Bush Air Park. It is symbolic of Parker's unwavering support of every Airman across this installation."

The ceremony concluded with the flyover of an HC-130J Combat King II and two HH-60G Pave Hawks in aerial refueling formation followed by four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs in Missing Man formation. The Missing Man formation is an aerial salute in memory of a fallen pilot, a well-known military service member or veteran, or a well-known political figure and no other civic leader has been more dedicated and influential than Mr. W. Parker Greene.

"Thank you to Moody for today and really for always being a part of our lives," said W. Parker Greene, Jr. "Thank you for impacting my mom and dad's life in such a profoundly positive way. Dad loves you, Moody, Valdosta and the entire United States Air Force. He loved every moment of his involvement."