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The National Hot Rod Association held their Midwest Nationals at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports, Madison Illinois, with Lt. Col. William McLeod, 932nd Maintenance Group commander, invited to help start the event as an honored guest, Sept. 29, 2019.  McLeod was brought on stage during the opening ceremony and presented an NHRA challenge coin and waved to the cheering crowd.  The 932nd Airlift Wing is known as "the Gateway Wing" in the Air Force Reserve Command and flies four C-40 aircraft around the world for distinguished visitor airlift.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

The National Hot Rod Association held their Midwest Nationals at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports, Madison Illinois, with Lt. Col. William McLeod, 932nd Maintenance Group commander, invited to help start the event as an honored guest, Sept. 29, 2019. McLeod was brought on stage during the opening ceremony and presented an NHRA challenge coin and waved to the cheering crowd. The 932nd Airlift Wing is known as "the Gateway Wing" in the Air Force Reserve Command and flies four C-40 aircraft around the world for distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The National Hot Rod Association held their Midwest Nationals at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports, Madison Illinois, with Lt. Col. William McLeod, 932nd Maintenance Group commander, invited to help start the event as an honored guest, Sept. 29, 2019. McLeod was brought on stage during the opening ceremony and presented an NHRA challenge coin and waved to the cheering crowd. He had a chance to see this John Force race car before it took to the race track. The 932nd Airlift Wing is known as "the Gateway Wing" in the Air Force Reserve Command and flies four C-40 aircraft around the world for distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)