LaPorte, John, MSgt

Aerospace Maintenance
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
2A3X3-Tactical Aircraft Maintenance
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aerospace Maintenance
Primary Unit
1972-1975, 43151C, 509th Organizational Maintenance Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43151C-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
43171C-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
43191-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
2A3X0-Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor
3C2X1-Communications - Computer Systems Control
Service Years
1972 - 1994
Voice Edition
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 105AFSA 1260Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2004, American Legion, Post 105 (Phoenix, Arizona) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1260 (Luke AFB, Arizona) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

After retiring in November of 94, I moved with my family to Vermont. Ever since I was stationed at Pease AFB NH, I always wanted to come back to the area. I always said after 20 years of living where I worked, I was finally going to work where I live. Until August of 95, finding work was limited. The local employment agencies didn't have a clue as to how to laterally apply my qualifications. In April of 95 I landed a part time position with a fixed base operator in West Lebanon NH.; Mostly transient work, parking and fueling private aircraft, and schlepping fuel to the small scheduled airlines.

In August I secured a full time position with Cannon Industries in Claremont NH. The company manufactures underground mining machinery in the form of rock drills and roof bolters. They hired me to train their customers' maintenance personnel how to maintain the equipment. After a few months of self qualification, and tech writing, I traveled coast-to-coast and into Canada doing just what I was hired for. I did this for until November of 2003.

In December of that year I took a job with the 56th Maintenance Training Flight, Luke AFB, NH. I was hired by then CMSgt Berning; now retired and a member on this TWS community. I am currently serving as an instructional systems developer for F16 maintenance training. I also teach a maintenance instructor course for incoming instructors.

In 1996 my wife and I separated and she and our two children moved to the Atlanta area. In 1999 I met my late fiancé Michele Wilcox and we moved together to the Phoenix area arriving on New Year's Eve 2003/2004. I later lost her to cancer on December 5th, 2005. You may find a memorial page on my website at  .

In 2001 we also started our own DJ/Karaoke hosting service, and I continue to operate it part-time with the assistance of my new wife Michele (formerly Petro). And through our website I also promote my talents as singer who emulates Neil diamond  or go directly to the YouTube page for a smaple of my work.
Or, look below for a collection of personal videos via YouTube links I just added; more to come.

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  1980-1982, 43171C, 3785th Field Training Wing (Staff)

Staff Sergeant
From Month/Year
December / 1980
To Month/Year
October / 1982
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Staff Sergeant
43171C-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
(Det 210) Plattsburg AFB
New York
 3785th Field Training Wing (Staff) Details

3785th Field Training Wing (Staff)
Garrison - Command Element
Parent Unit
Air Force Training Wings
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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2010
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3785th Field Training Wing (Staff)

Armstrong, John, TSgt, (1977-1993) 431 43171C Technical Sergeant
Dziedzic, Jeffrey, SMSgt, (1979-2005) 431 43190 Senior Master Sergeant
Ashley, Dan, SMSgt, (1973-1994) 431 43171A Technical Sergeant
Russ, Patrick, CMSgt, (1974-2000) 431 43171E Technical Sergeant
Quillen, Ronald, SMSgt, (1975-1996) 2A 2A6X6 Senior Master Sergeant
Blask, Peter, SMSgt, (1963-1990) 325 32591 Senior Master Sergeant
Zubkow, Wesley, Capt, (1969-1993) 325 32571 Master Sergeant
Eastwood, Lauren, MSgt, (1968-1988) 423 423X4 Technical Sergeant
Day, Edward, MSgt, (1960-1986) Master Sergeant
Field Training Detachment 417 (FTD 417)

Chesser, Keith, MSgt, (1973-1993) 431 43171B Technical Sergeant
Batchelder, Douglas, MSgt, (1972-1990) 328 32871 Technical Sergeant
Andrews, David, SMSgt, (1974-1994) 426 42673 Staff Sergeant
Field Training Detachment 427 (FTD 427)

McCollough, Robert, SMSgt, (1966-1988) 751 75190 Master Sergeant
Mullins, Carl, MSgt, (1973-1992) 462 46270 Master Sergeant
Griffin, John, MSgt, (1972-1996) 328 32874 Technical Sergeant
Field Training Detachment 533 (FTD 533)

Scimone, S E, MSgt, (1976-1999) 326 32676 Technical Sergeant
Field Training Detachment 920 (FTD 920)

Griffin, Michael, Capt, (1968-1993) 325 32591 Master Sergeant
Zubkow, Wesley, Capt, (1969-1993) 325 32571 Master Sergeant

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