When he was 13 years old he attended a barnstorming exhibition at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. One of the pilots there let him ride in his plane and that’s what got him into flying and he was determined to learn how to become a pilot. Education Because his father was moving around cause of military dues he attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from there in 1929. He first went to college at Western Reserve University for one year then moved to go to the University of Chicago. But he still wanted to be a military pilot so he contacted the only black serving in the congress and he got him a spot at West Point in New York.
In addition to understanding the full spectrum of capabilities the Air Force provides, I also have a deeper awareness of the Army and its strengths and weaknesses. After this assignment working as “the salesman” for the Air Force to the Army, I feel that I will return to the cockpit with a much broader perspective of joint warfare. Like the rest of my Air Force brothers and sisters-in-arms, my career has been profoundly shaped by September 11th and the subsequent wars. A Hollywood blockbuster started my Air Force story but it has become something far more profound and meaningful to me. It is an honor and a privilege to continue to serve with so many men and women willing to sacrifice their happiness, safety and even their lives in defense of their nation.
In summary, my Air Force story highlights my journey to becoming an officer in the USAF. It takes into account my Puerto Rican heritage and values and advocates the benefits of maintaining a diverse workforce. My role as a Force Support officer has placed me in situations and enabled the experiences which have shaped my understanding of the profession of arms and better developed me as a leader. Lastly, my contributions to the Air Force mission, at home station or in the area of operations (AOR), have facilitated Airmen at all levels (Tactical, Operational, Strategic) within our Air Force and enabled them to make informed decisions affecting their careers and quality of life.
It was really the latter of these aircraft that has driven my career and life thus far, and it is was the acknowledgement of this aircraft that drove me to love the Air Force. As a high school student I had planned on attending the Air Force Academy, but when my then girlfriend (now wife) became pregnant we decided I needed a new plan. With no financial means to go to college on my own I applied for and received and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to Michigan Technological University. While attending college I was lucky enough to have the experience of becoming Wing Commander, and then Inspector General, both of which allowed me to work directly for our Detachment Commander (an O-6 select). Additionally, I was able to attend many special training courses that providing me opportunities to meet everyone from the Commander of Allied Air Forces Southern Europe to the Secretary of the Air Force.
I wanted to find a career field... ... middle of paper ... ... that I bestow on them will be what they are armed with when they are flying combat sorties wherever they may be. Even though I am no longer deployed to Afghanistan, the knowledge that I can pass on will still thrive in the F-15E community and allow others to complete the mission of the 4th Fighter Wing. Being an officer in the Air Force is something I am very proud of. In addition to being an officer, I am honored to be a Weapons System Officer in the F-15E. Inside both the Air Force and the F-15E are values that I held dear from an early age even before joining the Air Force.
After lengthy lobbying with Aircraft Carrier Training Group, he learned all about the new F4F Wildcat, logging over 150 flight hours in June and July. When he finished training, he became executive officer of VMF-121. Three weeks later, he was on his way to the South Pacific, where Americans were fighting t change the momentum of the war. Arriving in the South Pacific, VMF-121 was loaded aboard the escort carrier Copahee. Joe Foss fits well into this book because he is an example of an ambitious leader and at this time of need thats what was very important.
I earned the Top Graduate at both my electronic principles and F-16 avionics technical schools before I was assigned to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho for my first assignment. Within one month of arriving at my base, I was on my way to my first deployment to Saudi Arabia. This was the first of many deployments. In fact, during my four years as an enlisted airman, I spent more time deployed than at my home station, and I loved every minute of it. Having experienced a little bit of the world, I applied for and received a scholarship from active duty to once again pursue my commission.
His membership in the Army Air Corps Enlisted Pilots Association gave him great pleasure and just last month in Austin he and his buddies refought the war at their bi-annual reunion. You’ll be very pleased to know we won again. He was a graduate of the class of 42-H from Kelly Field and flew fifty-one bombing missions in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He married Dortha W. of Menard the same day he received his wings, September 6, 1942. He liked to say he got his wings that morning and had them clipped that afternoon.
His lasting impression deals with laying a foundation for the U.S. Air Force. Mitchell not encouraged and supported the use aviation, but he proved aerial bombing advantages over naval forces by his experiment which sank a costly naval battleship. He also saw Japan as a serious threat, which would be evident in both World War II and the attack of Pearl Harbor. Most people during his time may have considered him of embracing radical ideas, but later generations may recognize him as an admirable hard worker, devoted to a critical reform in the military. The United States now honors him for his efforts and determination into persuading the U.S. on how important an air force is.
Armies and Navies have clashed since antiquity, but the airplane that enables aerial combat is barely a century old. Airplanes saw widespread combat in the First World War, and, despite the doubts and financial concerns of military leaders of the time, the brave men who fly them have gained their own dedicated military division, the United States Air Force. Billy Mitchell, through his charisma and an image that endeared him in American culture, was an instrumental figure in developing the modern Air Force. Mitchell, the son of a wealthy Wisconsin Senator, began his military career at the age of eighteen when he enlisted as a private in the First Wisconsin when the United States declared war on Spain in April, 1898. Due to his father’s high position, “in three weeks Mitchell had accepted a second lieutenant’s commission in a volunteer signal company.” He witnessed the ceremony of Spain’s surrender in Havana, Cuba, an important experience in bringing him to “appreciate America’s new worldwide role.” Mitchell arrived in Europe on April 10, 1917, four days after the United States declared war on Germany.