June Airman Spotlight

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175th Wing Spotlight

Name: Jordan Maurice Traore
Rank: Senior Airman
Unit: 175th Maintenance Squadron
Job Description: aerospace propulsion
Fulltime job: Student at the University of Maryland, College Park
Hometown: Mannheim, Germany
Joined the MDANG: March 7, 2012
Total Service years: Nearing three years of total service
Family: Father: Gilbert Traore, Mother: Geralda Boone, Brothers: Jonathan Boone, Jeofferey Traore, Sisters: Quincee Cross, Sasha Hubbard
Favorite Movie: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Last book read: N/A
Favorite food:  Sushi
Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco 49ers

Tell us your brief life story?

I was born in Loma Linda, California June 14, 1994. When I was about four years old I moved to Atlanta, Georgia and lived there until I was nine. When I was nine I moved to Germany with my father and my brother Jeoff. I attended Mannheim High School on an Army base in Mannheim, Germany. (My father was a civilian that worked for the Army) We lived there for seven years. When I was 16 we moved to Bel Air, Maryland. I graduated from Bel Air High School. I worked summer jobs on base in Mannheim, Germany doing manual labor, desk work, etc.

Tell us about your military career?

I wanted to join the Maryland Air National Guard because I could not see my future without the military. Since I grew up in the Army environment, I wanted a piece of military service for myself. I also wanted to go to college immediately after high school so the Guard was the perfect option. My current Air Force specialty code is erospace propulsion. I fortunately get to work on A-10 jet engines, TF34s, with some of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met. This has made working on the engines and learning about the engines, very enjoyable. My most memorable experience as an A-10 jet engine mechanic is definitely participating in the buildup/construction of the actual engines. It is nice to work on the engines on the flight line or phase, but seeing what actually makes up the engine and putting it together piece by piece is unforgettable and fulfilling, especially when I get to share these experiences with my close friends and colleagues.

What is your favorite Air Force or military memory or story?

My favorite Air National Guard memory is seeing my first A-10 fly. The same A-10 whose engines I helped repair. I felt accomplished and I will never forget that feeling.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about learning. Education is such a powerful element that no one can take away from you or disallow except for yourself. I am currently a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am a Kinesiology major. After I obtain my Bachelors of Science, I plan on attending physical therapy graduate school. My goal is to be a doctor. I have always been into sports and helping others. I feel like this career path is perfect for me.