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Craig Bergman

Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Craig Bergman stands in front of the HH-3 "Jolly Green Giant" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 19, 2016. Bergman retired as the maintenance superintendent for the 943rd Maintenance Squadron in 2007, having been one of five U.S. Air Force Reserve Airmen to establish the 71st Special Operations Squadron and bring the HH-3 here. His family's military legacy dates back to World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Herrick)

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Craig Bergman stands in front of the HH-3 "Jolly Green Giant" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 19, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carolyn Herrick)

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Craig Bergman joined the Air Force in 1970, and after a short break in service from active duty, Bergman joined the Air Force Reserve as part the 302nd Special Operations Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. It was there he discovered helicopters – he was hooked. As a career helicopter maintainer, Bergman’s passion for special operations swelled. He and four fellow citizen Airmen established the 71st Special Operations Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. Over the years Bergman deployed to Honduras, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Canada, several locations in Europe and many other places around the world. He served a total of 33 years before retiring Oct. 21, 2007. He now volunteers speaking at local schools on patriotism, citizenship, constitution and the Bill of Rights.