Salutes & Awards

September 13, 2013

Thunderbolt of the Week September 13, 2013

Senior Airman Joel Alfaro-Salazar
56th Component Maintenance Squadron
Aircrew Egress Systems journeyman

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Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Years in service: Four

Family: Son, Paxton Jay Alfaro, 2

Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aviation maintenance

Previous assignments: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas

Inspirations: Being a good role model for my son; striving to give him the best life possible

Goals: To attain a medical degree; become commissioned

Greatest feat: Making staff sergeant on first attempt

Famous last words: “Do or do not; there is no try.”

Off-duty interests: Mountain-biking, working on my motorcycle, spending time with my son

Commander’s comments: “Airman Alfaro-Salazar has spearheaded preparations for the upcoming Combined Unit Inspection,” said Maj. David Lemery, 56th CMS commander. “He has spent several hours inspecting the egress section’s programs and discovered several discrepancies and potential write-ups. His attention to detail is remarkable. He is a volunteer for the tax center every year, as well as several off-base veterinarian institutions, improving Luke AFB’s relationship with the local community.”




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