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Local military advocate receives Air Force's highest civilian honor

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on June 7, 2009 2:00 AM

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News-Argus/BOBBY WILLIAMS

Pate's office in his Goldsboro home is full of patches, pictures, coins and other keepsakes collected during his decades of service to Seymour Johnson and Wayne County. He also has a model of each airplane he has flown in as an Air Force civic leader -- the F-4, F-15E and T-6.

It would take days for Troy Pate Jr. to tell the stories behind each of the 100-plus keepsakes that grace nearly every inch of the office inside his Goldsboro home. They go back more than 40 years -- to the...

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