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Native Puerto Rican aces hydraulic systems apprentice course

Airman 1st Class Josue Perez aces 364th Training Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems apprentice course

Airman 1st Class Josue Perez, a 364th Training Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems apprentice course student, performs a dynamic circuit test on a T-38 Talon landing gear actuator on a nonportable hydraulic test stand during training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 4, 2018. Perez finished the 49-academic-day course with perfect scoring, garnering recognition as an ACE student. (U.S. Air Force photo/contributed)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – An Airman from Puerto Rico earned the distinction of being an ACE student here when he completed the 364th Training Squadron’s aircraft hydraulic systems apprentice course.

Airman 1st Class Josue Perez, a native of Cayey, Puerto Rico, earned perfect scores of 100 on coursework during the 49-academic-day course. Students were instructed on the basics of aircraft hydraulics, how to troubleshoot and repair problems, pressure checks on systems, how to service hydraulic lines and more.

Perez and his classmates will graduate Dec. 6, 2018.

Rank and name: Airman 1st Class Josue Perez

Unit: 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas.

Duty title: Aircraft hydraulic systems apprentice

Hometown: Cayey, Puerto Rico

Time in service: 5 months

Why you joined the Air Force: To gain technical experience to aid my engineering career while fulfilling a childhood dream.

Family: Tayra Gomez, spouse

Hobbies: Play guitar and video games

Favorite aspect of job: To be able to do some hands-on work in the field.

Most memorable Air Force experience: Seeing the hydraulics hangar for the first time.

How do you make responsible choices: Planning beforehand and activing with commonsense.

Instructor comment:
“Airman 1st Class Perez has made a perfect score on all block tests in the aircraft hydraulic systems apprentice course. He has exhibited excellence in all we do as Airmen in the United States Air Force,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Landin, 364th TRS aircraft hydraulic systems apprentice course instructor. “The most gratifying thought is his work ethic and character will extend beyond Sheppard AFB and eventually onto his own Airmen.”