Aubrey Palmer

Veterans in Blue 2017

Aubrey Palmer poses for a photo on his farm in Washington for the Air Force's 2017 Veterans in Blue series, April 17, 2017. Palmer served in the Air Force in air cargo career field before separating as a Staff Sgt. to join the civilian sector as an engineer for Jefferson County, Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

Aubrey Palmer was a Vietnam-era farm boy from Washington when he decided that instead of waiting for his draft number to come up he would raise his hand and volunteer for the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted with a friend on the buddy system and left for basic training in November 1970. Palmer went into the air cargo career field after basic training and despite begging to go to Vietnam, was stationed at McChord Air Force Base, Washington, not far from where he grew up. Taking advantage of his time stateside, Palmer earned his staff sergeant stripes and credited his success to the mentorship he received from his leaders. Palmer separated from the Air Force in 1974 to go back to school. He then worked for Jefferson County, Washington, as an engineer for the next 26 years. Palmer now operates his own farm raising livestock and his grandkids.