Salutes & Awards

June 20, 2014

Thunderbolt of the Week

Staff Sgt. Robert Evan McClanahan
56th Civil Engineer Squadron
Firefighter crew chief

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Hometown: Bartlett, Texas

Years in service: 10

Family: Wife, Meghan; and daughter, Maeve Annie, 5 months

Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree

Previous assignments: MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida; Enrique Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; and Ramstein AB, Germany

Inspirations: My wife, the sacrifices she makes for our family are the true meaning of selflessness

Goals: Obtain a bachelor’s degree in fire science

Greatest feat: Completing my deployment to Afghanistan was one of the toughest mental experiences of my life

Famous last words: “Don’t worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon.” – John Madden

Off-duty interests: Spending time with family and traveling

Commander’s comments: “Sergeant McClanahan is a superb Airman and firefighter who always goes the extra mile,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon, 56th CES commander. “He stands out in front when he needs to and works numerous issues behind the scenes to ensure customer needs are met. He participates in squadron activities and sets an example for all who know him. When you meet him you know he enjoys being a member of the Air Force, his work and especially his family.”




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