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STAFF SERGEANT VATHANA SUMIC

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SSgt Vathana Sumic is a member in the United States Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As an F-35A Heritage Flight team member, she 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. She is one of sixteen enlisted members of the F-35A Heritage Flight Team and performs maintenance actions on the Lockheed Martin-produced F-35. By doing so, SSgt Sumic ensures Heritage Flight pilots are equipped with a safe and effective F-35A Lightning II to execute their mission of showcasing the Air Force’s premier fifth-generation aircraft for millions of spectators each year.

SSgt Sumic was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from Central High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2008. She enlisted in the United States Air Force in June 2009. She attended Technical Training School at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance. After graduating from her technical school, she was assigned to her first duty station at Holloman AFB, New Mexico where she performed maintenance on the F-22 Raptor. She continued to maintain the F-22 Raptor during her overseas long tour in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Now she is assigned to Luke AFB to maintain the F-35A Lightning II as a Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance Craftsman. She has supported contingency deployments and manning assists in Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE, Anderson Air Base, Guam, and Hickam AFB, Hawaii.

EDUCATION
2008 Central High School, Saint Paul, Minnesota
2009 Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technical Training School, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
2014 Airman Leadership School, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
2016 Associate of Applied Science in Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technology, CCAF goal completed.

ASSIGNMENTS
2010-2011, F-22 Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance Apprentice, 49th Maintenance Sq, Holloman AFB, NM
2011-2015, F-22 Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman, 3rd Maintenance Sq, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, AK
2015-Present, F-35 Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance Craftsman, 56th Equipment Maintenance Sq, Luke AFB, AZ

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
AF Good Conduct Medal oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic 16 Jun 2009
Airman 16 Dec 2009
Airman 1st Class 16 Oct 2010
Senior Airman 16 Jun 2012
Staff Sergeant 1 Feb 2015

(Current as of January 1 2017)