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  • 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
  • David Miller

    Master Sgt. (Ret.) David Miller has been in the firefighting business for 43 years and counting. Miller went to his first firefighting school in Wilson, North Carolina, in 1969. He joined the Air Force after high school in 1971with a guaranteed job as a fire protection specialist. Miller’s first duty station was Langley Air Force Base, Virginia,
  • William McBride

    Maj. (Ret.) William McBride joined the Air Force in 1988, following the footsteps of his older brother. After 13 years as an enlisted personnel systems manager, McBride applied for Officer Training School. After he was selected, McBride led Airmen as a communications officer and cyber operations officer. Throughout his 26-year career, he deployed
  • John Lukens

    Master Sgt. (Ret.) John Lukens, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963 at the age of 19. In 1964, Lukens deployed to Vietnam for the first time as one of the first airmen on the ground. This was the first of three tours that Lukens accomplished in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force in 1990, Lukens spent 10 years working with the Red Cross on
  • Ronald Lord

    Col. (Ret.) Ronald Lord would sit on his porch, at the age of six, and watch P-51 Mustangs fly over his home in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Those fighter pilots were preparing to fight the Axis powers abroad, all the while – unbeknownst to them – preparing Lord to fight communist powers in Asia. During this time, to become a pilot in the United
  • James Lawrence

    Lt. Col. (Ret.) James Lawrence commissioned in the U.S. Air Force during the height of the Vietnam War to become a pilot. Eighteen years of his service were in Special Operations. During this time, he helped develop standards and procedures new to the AC-130 gunship airframe. In 1979, he became co-holder of a new C-130 world record for time and
  • Michael Hoffman

    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Hoffman commissioned as a personnel staff officer through Texas A&M University’s ROTC program in 1968. During his years of service, Hoffman served at every level in the Air Force, including two tours on the Air Staff at the Pentagon. In his first stint at the Pentagon, Hoffman was responsible for the Air Force’s bonus