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STAFF SERGEANT DEREK LEUZINGER

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STAFF SERGEANT DEREK LEUZINGER

Staff Sergeant Derek Leuzinger is a United States F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team member, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As an F-35A Lightning II Demonstration 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 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.

SSgt Leuzinger was born in Skokie, Illinois. He attended Hononegah High School in Roscoe, Illinois, graduating in 2013. He enlisted into the United States Air Force in March 2014. After basic training and technical school, he was assigned to maintain the F-35A Lightning II at Eglin AFB, Florida. He was then assigned to Luke AFB where he is a Dedicated Crew Chief.

EDUCATION
2013 Hononegah High School, Roscoe, Illinois
2016 Airman Leadership School, Luke AFB, Arizona

ASSIGNMENTS
2014 – 2017, 33rd AMXS – F-35 Dedicted Crew Chief, Eglin AFB, FL
2017 – Present, 56th AMXS – F-35 Dedicated Crew Chief, 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

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic: 05 Mar 2014
Airman: 05 Sep 2014
Airman 1st Class: 05 Jul 2015
Senior Airman: 05 Sep 2016
Staff Sergeant: 01 Jun 2018

(Current as of December 20, 2018)

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