Former Student Shines In Air Force

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For us old teachers and coaches it's always exciting to hear a former student or athlete is doing well.

Just such pleasing news for all former teachers and coaches of Ben Krieger, including myself, turned up on my desk in the form of a letter from United States Air Force Technical Sgt. Daryl Bedford.

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Former Longhorn athlete Ben Krieger carries his talent and dedication to the military where he's become a talented soldier.

The letter outlines the tremendous military accomplishments of the former Longhorn football player and Payson High School class of 2000 graduate.

Currently, Krieger is stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., where Bedford is his noncommissioned officer.

On July 17 2001, the United States Air Force gained a strong and reliable soldier, Senior Airman Ben Krieger.

Since day one in his Air Force career, Airman Krieger has stood out among his peers.

Upon graduating in November 2001 from the Security Forces Police Academy in San Antonio, Texas, he received the coveted "distinguished graduate" award from his wing commander.

It has only gotten better since. he received "expert" ratings on all his firearm qualifications and is one of the few airman to be qualified on all the firearms in the United States Air Force's infantry. After being stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. for nearly four years, airman Krieger has made quite an impression on his leadership. He has served duties as a flight line and nuclear security area supervisor.

A task usually set aside for a military member far above his rank. His maturity level and his people skills have recently landed him a position in the security clearances of nearly 40,000 individuals.

He maintains and ensures proper access is granted into restricted areas and the whole time making his outstanding impression as a responsible father of three and a trusting husband to his wife Desiree Krieger, also of Payson.

His latest achievement was March 1, 2005 when he received a United States Air Force Achievement Medal for his service as an outstanding Security Forces officer, helping identify unauthorized personnel within a nuclear restricted area.

Airman Krieger has also received numerous awards and letters of achievement for his continuing reliability during his unit's nuclear security inspections.

Congratulations Ben, we are all proud of you and grateful for what you do for our country.

Links fray helps football, scholarship

The upcoming Second Annual Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament has two purposes. The first is to benefit the Longhorn football team, while the second is to fund an academic scholarship given away each spring to a deserving PHS graduate.

The tournament is played in memory of Morris, who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke.

Morris was 34 at the time of his death.

Morris was an assistant football coach at Payson High and instrumental in helping the Longhorns earn the 1998 Class 3A state championship. He graduated from Payson High in 1987 and was a senior member of the 1986 football team that reached the state championship.

Organizers are predicting the links skirmish at Payson Golf Course will be even more successful than last year.

That would be quite an accomplishment since the inaugural event drew an overflow crowd of Morris' friends, former players and family.

This year's event will tee off 7:30 a.m., June 18 at Payson Golf Course with a shotgun start and best ball format.

The entry fee is $85 per player which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.

The field will be limited to the first 110 golfers who register and the deadline is June 10

Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a preselected hole.

Other prizes are currently being gathered by the tournament golf committee.

The golf committee is searching for more players and event sponsors. All donations are tax deductible and a tax ID number is available.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

For more information, call tournament director Gary Cordell at (928) 474- 4401.

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