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    Georgia Guard Dawg Turns Wrenches Abroad



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Noel Velez-Crespo 

    165th Airlift Wing

    Buenos Aires, Argentina — “I always wanted to work on airplanes and as a kid I never thought I would end up fixing airplanes for a living,” said Senior Airman John Kyall. “I was one signature away from joining the U.S. Coast Guard when I spoke to my uncle, an Army Lt. Col., and he said, ‘you would be dumb not to join the Air Force if you want to fix airplanes.’ I then reached out to a local Air National Guard recruiter and here I am, almost three years later, serving our country in the Air National Guard.”

    Senior Airman John Kyall, an Aircraft Hydraulic Systems Journeyman with the 165th Airlift Wing, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, has been in the Georgia Air National Guard for just under three years. Recently he was sent to Buenos Aires, Argentina, along with 59 other Airman from the 165th Airlift Wing for a temporary duty. For Kyall, this was the first time visiting Argentina and only his second trip with the unit.

    “I was very excited for the opportunity to go on this TDY,” said Kyall. “Most of all, I wanted to experience the Argentine culture and meet new people. I was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia and had not traveled much besides on a missionary trip to Honduras as a teenager, which inspired me to learn Spanish. Traveling abroad is a great opportunity to meet the world, eat new foods and learn new cultures,” said Kyall.

    Kyall has been married for 11 years and has two beautiful daughters. “My family is my life and I can’t wait to get home so I can give them a hug. They are my driving force every single day,” said Kyall.

    “Working on airplanes I quickly realized how important my job is and how it directly affects the bigger picture. Keeping the aircraft airworthy is keeping our flight crews safe, allowing them to support the mission,” said Kyall.
    “Being bilingual has been a true blessing,” said Kyall. Knowing the local Spanish language was a big ticket not only for Senior Airman Kyall but also for the unit as he could help others by translating. “I like to help others and assist in any way I can,” said Kyall.

    “I am lucky to have so many great people surrounding me with so much knowledge and willing to share it, I also got the opportunity to work with the Argentine Air Force personnel which has been very nice and extremely helpful. The Guard has offered me opportunities I may had not otherwise been able to experience.”

    “I love the military, it’s a great community, it’s been a great experience so far, and I’m able to help other people” said Kyall. “I am a couple of classes from finishing my Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree and I am currently enrolled in Airman Leadership School. I currently work as a full time technician for the Georgia Air National Guard and see myself making the Air National Guard a career. I can’t wait to see what other places I will travel to with the Guard. I am excited for new opportunities and look forward to new challenges with the Air Guard in the future,” said Kyall.



    Date Taken: 04.24.2019
    Date Posted: 05.08.2019 13:56
    Story ID: 321401
    Location: B, AR

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