Honor Guardsman Spotlight: Senior Airman Matthew Ripple

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Name: Senior Airman Matthew Ripple

Unit: 58th Operations Support Squadron

Duty Title: Air Transportation/Aerial Delivery Specialist

Job Description: Rig cargo and parachutes to support  the training of the 58 SOW loadmasters, pilots, and navigators.

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Career Goals: To one day be a chief master sergeant so I may help keep the morale high for my fellow enlisted members and to help them achieve their goals.

Accomplishments: Recently completed CCAF, awarded Achievement Medal for 12 months of Honor Guard, nominated for airman of the quarter.

Why you enjoy being in the Honor Guard: Being in Honor Guard is more than doing funerals and various color presentations. I enjoy Honor Guard for the look I see in the family's eyes during a funeral -- the look of how much our presence means to them. There is nothing more gratifying to me than affecting the lives of those family members.