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My Air Force Career

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.

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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.

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Below are some pictures taken at various stages of my career (Click to Enlarge).

Basic Training Photo 1971 (They made me smile  --  Honest)

I was having so much fun, I did it again.  This is me re-enlisting for the first time in 1975.

Members of the 1st Field Maintenance Squadron Electric Shop watching me re-up.

Instructor of the Quarter (Presented by Detacment Commander, 1st Lt. Purpura)

Leaving for work in chemical warfare gear while in Germany -- 1986

Ramstein AB, Germany.  Kneeling l to r: Phil Beckwith, Curley McQueen, Me.  Standing - John Long

I'm not smiling now am I?  It's because I was stationed at George AFB in California - 1989

Squadron Commander presenting my Certificate of Retirement

Paiboon (Jerry) receiving a Certificate of Appreciation.  She endured nearly 24 of the 26 years.

It's official !!   26 Years and 29 days

My commander presenting my "Real Commander" with flowers from the Squadron

Basic Training, Lackland AFB Texas. (Definitely not the hairstyle of the 70's)

How do you like these

Congratulations from the Squadron Commander (Lt. Col. Poulliet)

Field Training Instructor - 1981

Receiving an award from the Group Commander - 1983

Go Ahead - - Make My Day

George Air Force Base California - 1989

Receiving my first Meritorious Service Medal /  Elmendorf 1995

Being presented with the US Flag which was flown over the US Capitol Building

Being presented with a shadow box at retirement ceremony

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