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Sheppard crew chief apprentice student earns ACE award

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Airman 1st Class Christian Fischer, 362nd crew chief apprentice course student, performs an inspection on an F-16 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 15, 2019. Fischer is an ace award winner for the course, meaning he scored 100 percent on every progress check and block test. 362nd TRS instructors said an ace award is a rare occurrence for the squadron and a noteworthy accomplishment for Fischer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeleine E. Remillard)

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Airman 1st Class Christian Fischer, 362nd crew chief apprentice course student, performs an inspection on an F-16 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 15, 2019. Fischer is an ace award winner for the course, meaning he scored 100 percent on every progress check and block test. 362nd TRS instructors said an ace award is a rare occurrence for the squadron and a noteworthy accomplishment for Fischer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeleine E. Remillard)

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Airman 1st Class Christian Fischer, 362nd Training Squadron crew chief apprentice course student, performs an inspection on an F-16 under the supervision of his instructor, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Evans. Fischer is an ace award winner for the course, meaning he scored 100 percent on every progress check and block test. Evans said an ace award is an extremely rare occurrence for the 362nd Training Squadron and a noteworthy accomplishment for Fischer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine E. Remillard)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

 Nine blocks. Eighty training days. Six hundred forty hours of hard work and concentration. This is what it takes to become an Air Force crew chief apprentice.

Airman 1st Class Christian Fischer, a Wisconsin native and Sheppard AFB 362nd Training Squadron crew chief apprentice course student, did what it takes and more.

Fischer completed the training with a score of 100 percent on every progress check and block test, earning himself the ace award.

Rank and Name: Airman 1st Class Christian Fischer

Unit: 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field Air National Guard Base, Madison, Wisconsin

Duty title: F-16 crew chief apprentice

Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Time in Service: 4 months

Why you joined the Air Force: To serve the country and get an education

Family: Parents, Anne and Bruce (both retired lieutenant colonel); siblings, Adam (staff sergeant) and Luke

Hobbies: Playing the guitar and trumpet, hiking, camping and snowboarding

Favorite aspect of the job: Working with my hands and being able to see the results of my work

Most memorable Air Force experience: Graduating basic military training

How do you make responsible choices: By always having a plan and trusting my wingmen

Instructor comment: “In my entire career, I have never heard of someone getting the ace award, which makes this achievement very momentous. This award takes a lot of determination and hard work to accomplish. Airman 1st Class Fischer has displayed this determination throughout the entire course and displays the whole Airman concept by leading his class and aiding them to achieve better grades and floor task completion.” – Staff Sgt. Kenneth Evans, 362nd TRS crew chief apprentice course instructor

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