Air Force Master Sgt. Patrick McKenna loves being able to work with his hands. He’s been doing just that for the Air Force for the past 13 years while serving as a crew chief for F-16 Fighting Falcon jets. This is his story.
“I had never seen a fighter aircraft in person before and I remember the first day that our class walked into the hanger and you have an F-15 and an F-16 staring at you. It was pretty surreal to know that’s what I would be working on every day.”
“Whenever the days are getting long and it's crunch time to get a jet fixed, I always think about [troops] on the ground who are counting on these aircraft to come and save their lives.”
4 teens pose with parents on roof in New York City - Teens from left: Bryce, Yoel, Rose and Mason pose in New York City with their parents, Nick and Lyvonne Lees, while on vacation. Photo courtesy of the Lees family
A young woman and two young men in dress clothes pose for a portrait - Rose, Nevin and Bryce Lees pose for a photo before their high school senior prom.
Side-view photo of Forrest Everhart - Army Tech. Sgt. Forrest Everhart
Soldiers jump out of a helicopter hovering close to the ground in South Vietnam. - A reconnaissance platoon from the 1st Air Cavalry Division exits a UH-1D Iroquois helicopter in Du Pho, South Vietnam, in 1967.