Angel Betancourt

I grew up in Yakima, WA. After a short stint at Central Washington University and Spokane Falls Community College, I joined the United States Air Force in 2005. While in the USAF I was a TACP (Tactical Air Control Specialist). As a TACP I worked on a two-man team working with the 82nd airborne, directing close air support firepower toward enemy targets. My training includes Army Airborne School where I basically fell out of airplanes.

I also completed USAF Survival School just north of Spokane, Washington in January! There I learned that if I leave my uniform out when it is really cold, it will freeze. (That made for a terrible morning.) Also that if you are really hungry just remember 6 legs good and 8 legs bad. I ended up deploying for almost a year in 2007 to Samarra, Iraq. It really helped me appreciate life on a whole new level. Eventually, I finally finished my four years stationed in North Carolina. Notable awards include: two Army Commendation medals, one Air Force Commendation medal, and the Air Force Combat Action medal.

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