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Kansas ANG sergeant aces aircraft fuel systems course


Staff Sgt. Henry E. Olivarez,361st Training Squadron fuel system apprentice course student, poses for a picture at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 30, 2019. Olivarez, a native of Kansas, completed the 36-day course with perfect scores on his exams, earning him the ACE award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – A Kansas native and member of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, KS, aced his technical training school with perfect scores on his block exams.

Staff Sgt. Henry E. Olivarez graduated technical training on Jan. 30, 2019, and said his graduation will be a memorable moment in his Air Force career.

He is proud of this accomplishment because it proves that you’re never too old to learn something new.

Rank and Name: Staff Sgt. Henry E. Olivarez

Unit: 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Topeka, Kansas

Duty Title: Aircraft fuels system technician

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Time in Service: 22 years – combined active duty and reserves

Why you joined the Air Force: I joined the military for the opportunities it brings and to master a new skill.

Family: Peggy, wife; Bellona, daughter

Hobbies: My hobbies are cycling (both motorcycles and bicycles), playing soccer, and doing what the wife says

Favorite aspect of job: My favorite aspect of the job is the challenges working on aircraft brings.

Most memorable Air Force experience: My enlistment and graduating from fuels school are my most memorable experiences.

How do you make responsible choices: I make good choices by understanding the mission, gathering information, clear communication, and knowing my skillset as well as those of my junior troops.

Instructor comment: Mr. Bolduc said Staff Sgt. Olivarez leads by example.