Published October 14, 2016
Senior Airman (Sep.) Aubrey Trufant grew up in Germany, Turkey and Texas as a military brat. In 1999, he graduated from Central High School in San Angelo, Texas, and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the Air Force. Trufant enlisted July 20, 1999, as a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician. His assignments included Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. After 9/11, Aubrey deployed to Kwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, where he helped get the closed installation up and running to house service members that would soon deploy to Afghanistan. Trufant reached the end of his enlistment July 20, 2005, and chose to separate so he could pursue his passion – tattooing. Today, Trufant and his brother, Alex, own a tattoo shop in San Angelo, Texas, home of Goodfellow Air Force Base. “Greatness isn’t anything you can achieve, but as long as you’re moving in that direction, things are going to be good,” Trufant said.