Air Force honors officer for 24 years of service

Master Sgt. Monte P. LeBlanc retired from the U.S. Air Force on March 22 after a 24-year career.

LeBlanc, a Gonzales native and son of Eual “Teeny” and Johnnie LeBlanc, was honored during a ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas.

LeBlanc served as an assistant noncommissioned officer in charge at the maintenance operations center, 7th Maintenance Operations Squadron, 7th Maintenance Group, 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

He was in charge of inspecting 288 brake assemblies, repairing 690 discrepancies that resulted in saving $1.5 million in replacement costs, a news release from the LeBlanc family says.

In addition, he directed 51 accumulation point inspections, earning the 7th Bomb Wing model program accolades during the 2011 Texas Hazardous Waste Inspection.

He managed daily coordination of the aircraft flying schedule for 36 B-1 aircraft, meeting the flying contract for the first time in five years, the release says.

Leblanc also was stationed at Warner Robbins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga.

During his 24 years of service, LeBlanc was deployed overseas five times.

Major David P. Ilgenfritz presented LeBlanc with the meritorious service medal during the ceremony. LeBlanc’s son, Chase, placed the special retirement pin on his father’s uniform. Attending the ceremony were LeBlanc’s wife, Robin; son, Chase; parents; sisters, brothers, brothers-in-law and his wife’s parents.

LeBlanc and his family are now living in Tulsa, Okla.