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433rd Airlift Wing member re-enlists last time in hometown on C-5M during air show

By Minnie Jones | 433rd Airlift Wing/Public Affairs | Feb. 19, 2020

LAREDO, Texas —

Tech. Sgt. Jorge Aradillas, 433rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ground equipment technician at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, had one more enlistment to do before he officially retires from the United States Air Force Reserve.

Coincidently, his re-enlistment date of Feb. 15 fell on the day before the Laredo’s annual Stars and Stripes Air Show at the Laredo International Airport, and it just so happened that a 433rd Airlift Wing C-5M Super Galaxy was on display there at the show.

Aradillas, from Laredo, thought what an excellent opportunity to re-enlist in his hometown on the wing’s massive aircraft.

So, Aradillas gathered up the family, some from San Antonio and others from his hometown of Laredo, and boarded the C-5M. With his family, members from the 68th and 356th Airlift Squadrons, and an audience attending the pre-airshow surrounding him, he took his oath of enlistment for the last time.

Lt. Col. John E. Sebesta, 68th Airlift Squadron pilot, the officiating officer said, “What a bonus of flying into Laredo for the airshow, and then re-enlisting a hometown member as well in front of his family and friends.”