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TECHNICAL SERGEANT MICHAEL COUTURE

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TECHNICAL SERGEANT MICHAEL COUTURE

Technical Sergeant Michael Couture is the United States F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team lead, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As an F-35A Demonstration Team lead, 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 14 air shows annually. He is one of nine enlisted members of the F-35A Demonstration Team and performs maintenance actions on the Lockheed Martin-produced F-35. By doing so, he ensures Demonstration 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.

TSgt. Couture was born in Burlington, Vermont. He attended Essex High School in Essex, Vermont, graduating in 2008. He enlisted into the United States Air Force in December 2011. After basic training and technical school, he was assigned to maintain the F-16C Fighting Falcon at VT ANG Burlington, Vermont. He was then assigned to Luke AFB to maintain the F-35A Lightning II where he was an F-35 Dedicated Crew Chief. SSgt Couture has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

EDUCATION
2008 Essex High School, Essex, Vermont
2016 Airman Leadership School, McGhee Tyson, Knoxville, Tennessee
2017 AAS Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force

ASSIGNMENTS
2011 – 2016, 158th MXS – Phase Dock Crew Chief, VT ANG, Burlington, VT
2016 – 2018, 56th AMXS – F-35 Dedicated Crew Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
2018 – Present, 56th AMXS – F-35A Demonstration Team Lead, Luke AFB, AZ

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman 1st Class: 21 Dec 2011
Senior Airman: 15 Aug 2014
Staff Sergeant: 1 Mar 2016

(Current as of February 20, 2018)

 

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