September 2009 Portrait of a Professional

Airman 1st Class James Ruckdeschel, 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is this month’s Portrait of a Professional. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Airman 1st Class James Ruckdeschel, 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is this month’s Portrait of a Professional. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Airman 1st Class James Ruckdeschel, 129th AMXS, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.

What is your favorite memory in the AF?
My first low level on our MC-130P Combat Shadow. 

What motivated you to enlist in the AF?
Patriotism 

How has being an Airman changed your outlook on life?
Taught me to always seek the best in people. 

What's the most important lesson you've learned in the military?
The importance of doing the job right. People's lives depend on it. 

If you could deploy anywhere in the world, where would you go?
England 

If you could choose any AF job, which would it be?
I would love to fly the A-10.
 
Where did you grow up?
In a small town just west of Boston. 

What is your job in the civilian world?
I'm a full time technician -- MC-130P crew chief. 

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have climbed Half-Dome at Yosemite. 

What are your hobbies?
Snowboarding, motorcycle riding, and baseball.