One of the air force's finest.
Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Chavez, a military training instructor with the
433rd Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, is one of the
Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. A native of EI Paso,
Texas, Chavez completed basic training in 2001. He spent approximately
the next six years serving on active duty in the security forces career
field. In 2007, Chavex left active duty and joined the Air Force
Reserve, retraining to become a military training instructor. He
currently serves full time on an active Guard and Reserve tour of duty
as the 737th Training Support Squadron unit training manager. The unit
is the Air Force's largest BMT squadron with more than 150 people.
In addition to his military training instructor duties, Chavez is
responsible for the overall management of the unit's training
program. (Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)