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Sheppard student soars through avionics course, earns ACE award

A1C Angelica Aquino works on an A-10 instrument panel

Airman 1st Class Angelica Aquino, a 365th Training Squadron avionics apprentice course student, performs maintenance on an A-10 Thunderbolt II instrument panel at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 1, 2020. Aquino achieved perfect scores during the 75-academic day, nine block course, earning the distinction of being an ACE award winner. (U.S. Aiir Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bobby Campbell)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – An Airman from Vallejo, California, is the latest to achieve perfect scores throughout her training, making her an ACE award winner.

Airman 1st Class Angelica Julie Aquino, a 365th Training Squadron graduate earned the ACE award for achieving a 100 percent average throughout the 75-academic day, nine-block course.

Avionics specialists are responsible for maintaining and repairing multiple onboard systems such as attack control, flight control, communications and navigation.

Rank/Name: Airman 1st Class Angelica Julie Aquino

Unit: 355th Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona

Duty title: Avionics Technician

Hometown: Vallejo, California

Time in Service: 7 months

Why you joined: I joined to aid my family financially, while at the same time gaining life skills and knowledge that I couldn’t learn outside of the military.

Family: Mom, Dad, two sisters

Hobbies: Basketball, Watching T.V., Music, Calligraphy

Favorite aspect of job: Getting to see different types of aircrafts and knowing that I will be able to contribute to the maintenance and sustenance of the defense of the United States.

Most memorable Air Force experience: Getting to meet a variety of people and forming a bond with them that I never really had prior to entering the military.

How do you make responsible choices: By weighing out the pros and cons of every option, and making sure that the decision that I will be choosing will not harm anyone and is the right thing to do.

Instructor comment:
“This award is very special because through nine blocks of curriculum, it is very rare to have an Airmen not miss a single question on a test,” said Tech. Sgt. Bobby Campbell, 365th TRS avionics instructor. “This Airmen is very deserving because she continued to study every day and ensured they understood the information.”

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