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Pennsylvania native aces munitions systems apprentice course

A1C Dylan Dodd secures bombs to a bomb rack

Airman 1st Class Dylan Dodd, 363rd Training Squadron munitions systems technician apprentice course student, secure training bombs at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 5, 2019. Dodd received the ammo ace award by achieving the highest scores on all his block tests. (Courtesy photo)

A1C Dylan Dodd secures bombs to a bomb rack

Airman 1st Class Dylan Dodd, 363rd Training Squadron munitions systems technician apprentice course student, secure training bombs at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 5, 2019. Dodd received the ammo ace award by achieving the highest scores on all his block tests. (Courtesy photo)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Ace awards are not just given they are earned through sweat and determination. An Airman who receives the ace award are an embodiment of the Air Force's third core value - excellence in all we do.

To receive the Ammo Ace Award, the student must achieve a 100 percent on all seven block tests in the Munitions Systems apprentice course.

"Achieving this awards is a direct reflection of Airman 1st Class Dodd’s diligence during his time here at Sheppard Air Force Base. His leadership and job performance exemplified the Air Force’s core values of Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in all we do. Airman Dodd’s laser focus to his studies has undoubtedly set the standard high for his peers and for those Airmen who are to follow at the 363rd Training Squadron. At his graduation, Airman Dodd championed the National Anthem, which only solidified his commitment to embracing the Whole Airman concept. There is no doubt he will continue to embrace the values of the Air Force at his gaining base, Minot AFB, North Dakota, and that he will set the standard high for those who surround him." said Tech. Sgt. Mary Martin, munitions systems apprentice course instructor.

Rank / Name: Airman First Class Dylan J. Dodd

Unit: 363rd Training Squadron

Duty title: Munitions Systems Technician

Hometown: Mercer, Pennsylvania

Time in Service: 4.5 months

Why you joined: For a career and to further my education.

Family: Candy Dodd (Mom), Dale Dodd (Dad), Kaylin Dodd (Sister), 1LT Chance Hall
(Brother)

Hobbies: Music, Outdoors, Bomb building

Favorite aspect of job: Wearing the goggles and putting warheads on foreheads.

Most memorable Air Force experience: Retreat is my most memorable moment because it is a
time to reflect on our past and future.

How do you make responsible choices: I always have a plan, and a plan to my plan. I also
surround myself with good wingmen.

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