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Luke Airman becomes AF’s first physical therapist assistant to bypass tech school
Airman 1st Class Emily Perina, 56th Healthcare Operations Squadron physical therapist assistant, smiles for a portrait July 10, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. In a move that saved the Air Force approximately $29,000 in training costs, the Air Force waived Perina’s requirement to attend technical school making her the first PTA to report to their first duty station directly from basic training. Perina enlisted in the Air Force with an associate degree in PTA, a PTA license in Florida, and four years of work experience, completing the certifications needed to bypass tech school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

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Photo by: Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder |  VIRIN: 200710-F-ZR251-2020.JPG