Warrant Officer of the Year: CW5 Stuart Lindfors

Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Chief of the Joint Staff Brig Gen. Ben Adams (left) and Command Chief Warrant Officer five Dean Stoops (right) present Chief Warrant Officer five Stuart Lindfors with the 2013 Warrant Officer of the Year in Frankfort, Ky., Mar. 4. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Stephen Martin)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Named after Chief Warrant Officer four retired Dewey Pope, the 2013 Kentucky National Guard Warrant Officer of the Year was presented to Chief Warrant Officer five Stuart “Swoop” Lindfors, of the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, at Boone National Guard Center, in Frankfort, Ky., Mar. 4.

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“I’m extremely proud and honored to have the opportunity to present this prestigious award,” said State Command Chief Warrant Officer Dean Stoops. “It truly recognizes the outstanding Warrant Officer in the Kentucky National Guard.”

Lindfors, affectionately known as “Swoop”, has been in the Kentucky Guard for more than 14 years. He earned his nickname in 2002 while on a maintenance test flight in El Salvador trying to test the Automatic Flight Control System and did a low pass of the airfield. Walking off the flight line afterwards, one of the master sergeants in the unit addressed him as ‘Swoop’ and the name stuck.

According to Stoops, Lindfors not only stands out as a warrant officer but an aviator as well.

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Chief Warrant Officer five Stuart Lindfors pilots a UH-60 Blackhawk in Iraq in 2004. Lindfors is seen here holding his “good luck bear” given to him by his father. (photo submitted)

“Chief Lindfors is rare among aviators especially. Warrant Officer pilots not only have to be good at flying, but they also have to be proficient in one of four aviation “tracks”, either as an instructor pilot, a tactical operations officer, a maintenance test pilot or a safety officer,” said Stoops.”Occasionally you’ll find a warrant who tracks more than one, sometimes even three – but never all four. Swoop, over the course of his career, has become qualified and proficient in all four of these specialties. Because of this experience and know-how, he brings a wealth of experience to whatever position he’s in.”

Not only is Stuart an invaluable asset in this organization, but he volunteers a significant amount of his time helping with “hearts for heroes” and “military missions” projects as well as serving as one of the Den Leaders for the local Cub Scout Organization, of which is son, Spencer, is a Webelo.

“This is a great honor for my dad,” said Spencer. “I’m really proud of him and really glad I got to be here to be a part of it.”

The Soldier that the award was named after in 2007, retired Chief Warrant Officer four Dewey Pope, was also in attendance to honor Lindfors.

“Stu receiving this award is absolutely well-deserved as are all of the guys who have received it over the years,” said Pope. “I count this award as the biggest honor the Kentucky Guard has ever bestowed upon me and I’m happy to see Mr. Lindfors name added to the roster.”

 

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