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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  1972, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 172
Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX)

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Start Date 
Feb, 1972

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Last Updated:Mar 11, 2010
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  210 Also There at This Training:
Name Sqdn Flt Start Date
Bergeson, James, TSgt, (1972-1992) Feb, 1972
Beshears, Roger, SSgt, (1972-1977) 3707 1640 Feb, 1972
Brown, William, SSgt, (1972-1980) Feb, 1972
Campbell, Walt, Sgt, (1972-1978) 282 Feb, 1972
Carter, Rickey, Sgt, (1972-1976) 216 Feb, 1972
Coffey, Charles, SSgt, (1972-1980) Feb, 1972
Crites, Dennis, Sgt, (1972-1976) Feb, 1972
Ellis, Greg, Sgt, (1972-1978) 3704 158 Feb, 1972
Grasso, (Carmen) Michael, Sgt, (1971-1975) 3724 0140 Feb, 1972
Hakenson, Don, Sgt, (1972-1976) 3703 161 Feb, 1972
Hill, Lawrence, Sgt, (1972-1976) Feb, 1972
Huggins, Charles, Sgt, (1971-1976) Feb, 1972
Jermain, Michael, SSgt, (1972-1980) Feb, 1972
Kendrick, Thomas, Sgt, (1972-1975) Feb, 1972
Mcduff, Gary, Sgt, (1972-1975) 3725 0216 Feb, 1972
Myshak, Edward, Sgt, (1972-1980) 3723 222 Feb, 1972
Novess, Timothy, SSgt, (1972-1992) 3704 0157 Feb, 1972
Pacheco, Frank, Sgt, (1972-1976) Feb, 1972
Pepper, Fred, Capt, (1972-1993) Feb, 1972
Reid, Berkley, SSgt, (1971-1979) 3707 0177 Feb, 1972
Reynolds, Robert, TSgt, (1972-1992) 3728 1530 Feb, 1972
Rodrigues Jr, Edward E., SMSgt, (1972-1994) 3702 459 Feb, 1972
Schmidt, Thomas, SMSgt, (1971-2006) 3720 3710 Feb, 1972
Sidley, Chris, Sgt, (1972-1975) 3702 213 Feb, 1972
Silveira, Larry, Sgt, (1972-1975) 198 Feb, 1972
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