I entered the United States Air Force on February 2nd, 1971 and retired on March 1st 1997. Below is the summary of my career,
which was read at my retirement ceremony.
Senior Master Sergeant John W. Ellis
Sergeant Ellis is assigned as the Plans and Programs Section Chief, 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf
Air Force Base, Alaska.
Sergeant Ellis was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania on May 4th, 1952, graduated from High School in 1970, and earned an Associate
Degree through the Community College of the Air Force in Aircraft Accessory Systems Technology. He was a distinguished graduate
of NCO Leadership School in 1976, graduated from the Air Training Command NCO Academy at Lackland AFB, Texas in 1981, and
completed the Senior NCO Academy at Gunter AFB, Alabama in 1990.
Sergeant Ellis entered the Air Force in February 1971. After training as an Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist at Chanute
AFB, Illinois, he was assigned to Minot AFB, North Dakota. In January 1972 he was assigned to U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Base,
Thailand, followed by Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, Korat Air Base, Thailand, and MacDill AFB, Florida. While assigned
to MacDill, Sergeant Ellis performed five years of special duty as a Field Training Master Instructor where he taught courses
on the F-4 and F-16 electrical systems, and several other associate courses. Following a three your tour at Ramstein Air
Base, Germany, he was assigned to George AFB, California. He arrived at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska in November 1990.
Sergeant Ellis' decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal,
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with seven devices, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Sergeant Ellis is married to the former Paiboon Peenitbut of Lopburi Thailand. He has a daughter Cynthia who is a junior
at the University of Pittsburgh, and a son Robert who is a senior at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.
Below are some pictures taken at various stages of my career (Click to Enlarge).