Remembering USAF Major Andrew Becker
Release date: Friday, August 25, 2017
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Communications Specialist 248-347-0431
NOVI, Mich., August 25, 2017 –The City of Novi lost a hero earlier this year when U.S. Air Force Maj. Andrew Becker died when his plane crashed during a flight training mission in New Mexico.
Becker, 33, was a Novi High School graduate who decided a month after the events of September 11, 2001, that after college he was going to enlist in the Air Force and become a pilot. He told his parents, “I’m going to join the Air Force and do whatever I can to protect my family, my country and our way of life against this new enemy.”
As a way to honor Maj. Becker, Novi Mayor Bob Gatt and the Becker family are inviting the community to join as we remember and unveil a memorial in his honor during a ceremony at 9:30am on Saturday, September 16, outside the Novi Civic Center
“Our community will never forget the selfless sacrifice made by Maj. Becker to protect our freedoms,” said Mayor Gatt. “This memorial is just a small token of our appreciation, and will serve as a remembrance of not just him, but all those who have proudly served our nation.”
Maj. Becker was a rising star in the Air Force and was slated to go to a training program as a lead instructor for new Air Force pilot training prior to the accident. In his almost seven years as a special operations pilot, Maj. Becker was deployed nine times to fly combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and two other countries that cannot be named.
He flew 459 combat missions, logging 2,260 combat hours, and rose in rank from 2nd lieutenant to lieutenant to captain, as well as being promoted to command pilot, to mission pilot and to mission commander. During his time in the Air Force, Maj. Becker received 22 Air Force service medals, including a Meritorious Service medal.
Members of the Becker family, friends, local and state dignitaries and some of Maj. Becker’s brothers in the Air Force are expected to attend the ceremony.