Salutes & Awards

April 11, 2014

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Staff Sgt. Perry Vitali Jr.
56th Security Forces Squadron
Element leader

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Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Years in service: Eight

Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in criminal justice and a master physical trainer certification at the International Sports Sciences Association

Previous assignments: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Osan Air Base, South Korea

Goals: After retiring, work as a local law enforcement or federal officer

Famous last words: “I did not come to bow, I came to conquer.” – Bob Marley

Off-duty interests: Physical training, hiking, riding quads, golf and shooting

Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Vitali is simply one of our best NCOs,” said Maj. Sean Gibbs 56th SFS commander. “He is a phenomenal Airman, defender and leader who embodies the Air Force core values. He is the sharpest staff sergeant in all three flights. He was recently certified as a flight chief with high evaluation scores and qualified the first time on a demanding certification, which is extremely rare for an E-5. He apprehended three wanted felons, for which he received praise from Glendale police, processed 12 shoplifting incidents, two felony traffic stops and two child endangerment cases.”




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