Salutes & Awards

July 13, 2012

Thunderbolt of the Week – July 13, 2012


Airman 1st Class Taylor LeBlanc

56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
Optometry Apprentice

 
Hometown: Beaumont, Calif.

Years in service: One

Family: Mom, dad, five brothers and sisters

Inspirations: My father, Maj. Jason LeBlanc, and my mother, Mandy Garcia

Goals: Earn a degree in physical therapy and eventually play for the Air Force rugby team

Greatest feat: Going to the national rugby championship with my hometown team

Self-description: Positive, motivating, active, spontaneous, helpful and funny

Famous last words: “Never would’ve known if I never would’ve tried.”

Off-duty interests: Rugby, motocross, mountain biking, hiking and CrossFit.

Commander’s comments: “Airman LeBlanc has been a member of the optometry clinic for nine months,” said Maj. Bryan Blanchard, 56th AMDS Optometry Flight commander. “During his time at Luke, he has taken on responsibilities well beyond his grade and executes them to perfection. He manages the Individual Medical Readiness-Gas Mask Inserts program for the 56th Fighter Wing. The optometry clinic is extremely customer service driven and his addition resulted in a marked improvement in our patient satisfaction rates. He’s a valuable member of our team and the United States Air Force.”




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