Maxwell Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > Funny car champion added to Wall of Achievers
 
Photos
Previous ImageNext Image
FAST JACK
National Hot Rod Association Funny Car champion Jack Beckman signs his photo, after being added to the U.S. Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall’s Wall of Achievers May 2 at Gunter Annex. The Wall of Achievers pays tribute to former enlisted Airmen who have contributed to the growth and development of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandi Percival)
Download HiRes
Funny car champion added to Wall of Achievers

Posted 5/6/2013   Updated 5/6/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class William J. Blankenship
Air University Public Affairs


5/6/2013 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - -- National Hot Rod Association Funny Car champion Jack Beckman was added to the U.S. Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall's Wall of Achievers May 2 at Gunter Annex.

"Fast Jack," as he is called by fans, is a former Air Force sergeant and avionics technician on the F-111D Aardvark.

Beckman joins a notable list of former enlisted Airmen who have received the honor, including former President George W. Bush, retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, Johnny Cash and actors Gene Autry and Charlton Heston.

The Wall of Achievers pays tribute to former enlisted Airmen who have contributed to the growth and development of the Air Force.

"It's an honor to be put on the Wall of Achievers," said Beckman. "It is truly a special thing to be here and be a part of this great wall of Airmen."

Beckman, who also is an NHRA Super Comp world champion, recalls losing interest in high school and dropping out. At 17, he earned his GED before passing the Armed Services test and enlisting.

"It's the best decision I ever made when I joined the Air Force," said Beckman. "It gave me a sense of direction, teamwork and pride. I'm not sure where I would have been without that."

At age 21, Beckman was honorably discharged as a sergeant and shifted to racing full time.

Beckman, 46, a native and resident of Southern California, drives Don Schumacher Racing's MTS Mail for Wounded Warriors/Valvoline NextGen Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car. He holds NHRA national records for elapsed time (3.986 seconds) and speed (320.58 mph) on 1,000-foot tracks. His speed of 333.66 mph on a quarter-mile track is the fastest ever by a Funny Car.

The father of two is a cancer survivor and is also a motivational speaker.

"I know that our Air Force helps develop individuals into individuals of character," said Col. Stewart Price, commander of the Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education. "Whether it is 30 years of service or one tour, people are positively impacted by their time in the Air Force. I congratulate Jack for his success and am proud of him and we all are proud to call him our own."



tabComments
No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Maxwell AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabSocial Media Dashboard
Facebook

Facebook

Twitter

Twitter

YouTube

YouTube

tabTop StoriesRSS feed 
Maxwell Child Development Center teams up with Montgomery Humane Society for Month of Military Child

42nd ABW to open resiliency center

AWC international culture event celebrates diversity, strengthens bonds

IFOP seeks volunteers, donations

National Drug Take-Back Day

Acting Deputy SecDef talks budget, urges innovation

Defenders set to defend softball title

Maxwell events aim to end child abuse

Base leaders recognize ‘Hometown Heroes’

Maxwell key spouses complete crisis intervention training

  arrow More Stories

tabAETC NewsRSS feed 
Altus, McConnell AFBs selected to receive KC-46A Pegasus aircraft

Plane crash, coma doesn't deter pilot

Heroes walk amongst us every day

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders: Anniversary event draws crowd to honor heroes

Flying squadron honors, remembers instructor pilot's ultimate sacrifice

JBSA-Randolph to host commemorative toast for Doolittle Raider

AETC award winner says it's not about him


Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act