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  • Gary West

    Gary West retired from the Air Force in 2005 as a colonel. He flew more than 130 combat missions in F-15s and F-16s over Iraq and Bosnia. West says one of the things he loved most about the military was the camaraderie and being part of something bigger than himself. He fondly remembers his days as a squadron commander at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
  • Don Shelton

    Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Don Shelton joined the Air Force in 1971 when he was 18 years old. “I knew I was going to get drafted in the Army, but I wanted to join the Air Force,” he said. “Being from an Air Force family, my father took me to the recruiter and they got me in on the delayed enlistment program in October.” In December, Shelton attended
  • Norman Ransom

    Staff Sgt. (Sep.) Norman Ransom voluntarily joined the Air Force in July 1967, despite being drafted into the Army. Ransom provided video documentation of Air Force missions in both the United States and overseas locations. He also recorded aerial footage of the closing of Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. Ransom separated in 1971 and reenlisted the
  • Walter Quering

    Staff Sgt. (Sep.) Walter Quering was drafted into World War II and entered basic training in June 1943.  He became a waist gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress and was assigned to the 8th Air Force’s 487th Bomb Group, 838th  Bombardment Squadron, which flew out of Lavenham, England and was commanded by Brig. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle. Quering flew 34
  • Dan Quasius

    Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dan Quasius followed in his father’s footsteps when he enlisted in the Air Force, but he never imagined it would last 33 years. While assigned to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea in 1982, an incentive flight on a KC-135 Stratotanker inspired Quasius to cross-train and become a boom operator.  During his career, he flew on
  • George Pankonin

    Maj. (Ret.) George Pankonin served in the Air Force from 1970 to 1993. Pankonin served as an enlisted Airman from Nov. 18, 1970, to Sept. 28, 1978. Before earning his bachelor’s degree, and attending officer training school, Pankonin attained the rank of staff sergeant. His final assignment on active duty was as the 3345th Supply Squadron commander
  • Wayne Norrad

    Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Wayne Norrad, nicknamed “The God Father” in the special operations community, enlisted in the Air Force Feb. 25, 1966, as a B-52 nuclear bomb loader at Dow Air Force Base, Maine. He separated from active duty Dec. 17, 1969. After he returned to active duty Oct. 6, 1970, with an urge to have more excitement in his career,
  • Nicole Mickle

    Staff Sgt. (Sep.) Nicole Mickle, joined the Air Force in 2005 right after high school to get a job in the medical career field. However, once she arrived to basic training, she was told she would become a photographer. During her eight-year career in the Air Force, the former staff sergeant was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California,
  • Michael Moriatis

    (Sep.) Michael Moriatis served in the Air Force from 1989 until 1995 and finished his career with the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2009. He joined the Air Force as an Imagery Production Specialist working with reconnaissance long-roll imagery on the C-130 and U-2 aircraft. He transitioned into the Navy as a Photographers Mate and was able to transfer his
  • Ryan Milliken

    Staff Sgt. (Sep.) Ryan Milliken grew up racing. In fact, one could say it’s in his blood. His father raced motocross and drag raced cars when Milliken was a child. But it is not just his family legacy that has influenced his career as a successful racer and business owner. Milliken served in the Air Force as an explosive ordnance disposal