Salutes & Awards

August 24, 2012

Thunderbolt of the week – August 24, 2012

Staff Sgt. Kevin Carpenter II

56th Dental Squadron
Oral maxillofacial surgery assistant


Hometown: Aviano, Italy

Years in service: Six

Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree at Rio Salado Community College

Previous assignments: Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Inspirations: My dad, a retired Air Force senior master sergeant

Goals: To become a military training instructor

Greatest feat: Scuba diving in Spain

Self-description: Relaxed, outgoing, spontaneous, ambitious, a leader and funny

Famous last words: “No struggle, no progress.”

Off-duty interests: Collecting Jordan sneakers, coaching a children’s basketball team, weight lifting, movies and cooking

Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Carpenter is a dedicated NCO and a great asset to our staff,” said Col. Larry Evans, 56th DS commander. “He’s made a tremendous impact on the DS, MDG and the fighter wing. He’s aided in almost 550 dental surgeries and performed almost 400 cleaning procedures. He volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and coaches youth basketball. He went on a tri-service humanitarian mission to Alabama where the team enabled 29,000 patient encounters. He was handpicked to lead another mission to the same location. He sets a great example to be followed.”




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