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MASTER SERGEANT FRANCIS “FRANK” MATANANE

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Master Sergeant Francis Matanane is the United States Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team Chief, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As the F-35A Heritage Flight Team Chief, he is responsible for representing Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force, Department of Defense, and the United States of America at 16 air shows annually. He leads sixteen F-35A Heritage Flight Team enlisted members and oversees all maintenance actions performed on the Lockheed Martin-produced F-35. By doing so, he ensures Heritage Flight pilots are equipped with a safe and effective jet to execute their mission of showcasing the Air Force’s premier fifth-generation aircraft for millions of spectators each year.

MSgt Matanane was born in Tamuning, Guam. He attended Guam Community College in Mangilao, Guam, graduating June 1998. He enlisted into the United States Air Force two years later in May 2001. His career has included assignments as an F-16 C/CG/CJ Craftsman/Dedicated Crew Chief, F-16 Flight Line Expediter, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center F-35A/B/C Suitability Evaluator, F-35A Crew Chief Section Chief, and an F-35A Production Superintendent.

EDUCATION
2005 AETC Airman Leadership School, Shaw AFB, SC
2008 AETC Noncommissioned Officer Professional Enhancement Course, Eglin AFB, FL
2010 Associate Applied Science Degree, Aircraft Systems Maintenance Technology, CCAF, Maxwell-Gunther AFB, AL
2010 AETC Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall AFB, FL
2013 Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Management, Ashford University, IA
2015 Professional Managers Certification, CCAF, Maxwell-Gunther AFB, AL
2015 Masters of Science in Management, University of Management and Technology, VA,
2016 AETC Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunther AFB, AL

ASSIGNMENTS
2001-2005, 20th AMXS - F-16 CJ Dedicated Crew Chief, Shaw AFB, SC
2005-2006, 51st AMXS - F-16 CG Dedicated Crew Chief, Osan AB, ROK
2006-2009, 46th AMXS - F-16 C Dedicated Crew Chief, Eglin AFB, FL
2009-2011, 46th AMXS - F-16 Flight Line Expediter
2011-2016, AFOTEC - F-35 Suitability Evaluator, Edwards AFB, CA
2016, 56th AMXS - F-35 Crew Chief Section Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
2016, 56th AMXS - F-35 Production Superintendent, Luke AFB, AZ
2016, Present, 56th AMXS - F-35 Heritage Flight Team Superintendent, Luke AFB, AZ

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver oak leaf
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
AB 14 MAY 2001
A1C 29 JUN 2001
SRA 29 OCT 2003
SSG 01 JUL 2005
TSG 01 JUN 2010
MSG 01 JUL 2013

(Current as of December 1, 2016)