STAFF SERGEANT WILLIS WEST
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SSgt Willis West 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, 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 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 West 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 West was born in Morgantown, WV. He graduated from University High School, Morgantown, West Virginia in 2010. He left for Basic Military Training in Morgantown, West Virginia March 2012. He attended Technical Training School in Wichita Falls, Texas, for Aerospace Ground Equipment Maintenance. After graduating from his technical school, he was assigned to his first duty station at Luke AFB, AZ as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentice.
2012 Aerospace Ground Equipment Maintenance Technical Training School, Sheppard AFB, TX.
2016 Airman Leadership School, Luke AFB, AZ.
2012-2013, Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentice, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
2014-Present, Aerospace Ground Equipment Journeyman, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
AF Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic 20 Mar 2012
Airman 1st Class 18 May 2012
Senior Airman 18 Mar 2014
Staff Sergeant 1 Jan 2017
(Current as of January 1, 2017)