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Meet Your Military: Making Falcons Fly

Making Falcons FlyAir Force Master Sgt. Patrick McKenna loves being able to work with his hands. He’s been doing just that for the Air Force for the past 13 years while serving as a crew chief for F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.

This is his story.

What do you remember about your first day working with the aircraft?
I had never seen a fighter aircraft in person before and I remember the first day that our class walked into the hanger and you have an F-15 and an F-16 staring at you. It was pretty surreal to know that’s what I would be working on every day.

 

What does it mean to you, personally, in doing this job?
Whenever the days are getting long and it's crunch time to get a jet fixed, I always think about [troops] on the ground who are counting on these aircraft to come and save their lives.

Master Sgt. Patrick McKenna
Job: Crew Chief
Hometown: Philadelphia
Stationed: Nellis Air Force Base
Unit: 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
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