AFLCMC Historian Captures Air Force-wide Awards

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The United States Air Force History Office recently recognized Dr. Henry Narducci, historian for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, as a recipient of both the Albert S. Simpson Award for best center-level history program as well as the Dennis F. Casey Award, Albert S. Simpson Category for Excellence in Periodic History.

Narducci was recognized for the superior historical services he provided to AFLCMC over the past year.

"It is a privilege to receive these awards," said Narducci. "There are many great history programs throughout the Air Force and to be selected from amongst these programs is a real honor." 

Narducci has been a historian with AFLCMC since it stood-up in 2012, and has worked at the Air Base Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, and major command levels throughout his career. Over the course of more than 30 years he has been the recipient of numerous history awards.

As AFLCMC historian, Narducci is responsible for documenting and preserving the center's history and the history of organizations that fall under the center, including the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Yearly he is required to produce an extensive narrative report detailing the major programs and operations throughout the center and include detailed appendices containing organizational charts, unit organization changes and awards, statistical data, and reference materials. Approximately 3,000 documents are gathered to prepare the report, and over 700 are included with it as supporting documents.

The History Office serves as the corporate memory of the organization and in this role, individuals are able to examine the 'past' to get help with the present and future.

Frequently his office gets questions about past leadership decisions, previous organizational structures, manpower, programs, and personnel during a certain year, and significant organizational events.

"In 2004, the 88th Air Base Wing restructured," said Narducci. "The structure they went to was one they had used about 10 years earlier - of course no one in the command section remembered it because none of them were here then. We pulled out the old organization chart and they were able to follow it to figure how it had been set up."

According to Narducci, there's a lot to learn from the past including; nothing is really original.

"What you quickly learn in this business is that there are no really new ideas," Narducci said. "They are just old ideas being retread and renamed for new use. Same old questions."