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NEWS | April 21, 2021

Mom, son celebrate Air Force achievements

By Agnes Koterba 37th Training Wing Public Affairs

A mom and son celebrated milestones this week when Tech. Sgt. Nessie McCray and Airman Basic Jaylen Netterville graduated from their respective technical training schools a day apart at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Since going through basic training almost 19 years ago, this was McCray’s first time back to JBSA-Lackland. Originally in the Air Force Reserve, McCray graduated from recruiting school at the 344th Training Squadron April 21 and is transitioning to the active Reserve.

“Given my background as a teacher, I felt to some degree I already had recruiting qualities. I would share things with my former students often as it related to my Air Force experience,” McCray said. “I talked about my experience often, because it helped me to build trust and rapport with many of them, especially those who were intrigued by what we do.”

McCray’s inspiration went beyond the classroom.

“My mother was a strong influence, but she let me choose my own path,” said Netterville, who graduated from the 343rd Training Squadron as a security forces specialist April 22.

McCray looks forward to helping potential service members navigate opportunities while Netterville looks forward to further developing in his career.