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Marvin Sutton

Staff Sergeant (Sep.) Marvin Sutton began his military service in 1980 by protecting assets and people as a police Airman with the 321st Security Police Squadron, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sergeant (Sep.) Marvin Sutton began his military service in 1980 by protecting assets and people as a police Airman with the 321st Security Police Squadron, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sergeant (Sep.) Marvin Sutton began his military service in 1980 by protecting assets and people as a police Airman with the 321st Security Police Squadron, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. 

Like many security forces members, 18-year-old Sutton was tasked with the responsibility of not just protecting lives, but aircraft and facilities worth millions of dollars. “Knowing that I had such a responsibility drove me to develop a strong work ethic because I knew others depended on me to do my job to the best of my abilities,” said Sutton. “It was something not to be taken lightly.” 

He became an Air Force air traffic controller in 1983 and separated from the military in 1988. Although he is no longer in the military, Sutton continues to keep aircraft and people safe. He currently works as an air traffic controller for the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Fort Worth, Texas. It is a job he has been doing for more than 25 years, made possible thanks to his military service. “The military was a great stepping stone for me because it provided me with an opportunity to learn a set of skills and experiences that I was able to use as I transitioned back into civilian life,” said Sutton. “That experience of serving my country is a valuable part of my life, and it has helped me better ensure my success.”