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Senior Master Sgt. John C. DeRaedt is currently the First Sergeant for the 180th MXS, 180th Maintenance Operations Flight and 180th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group, Ohio Air National Guard, Swanton, Ohio. Senior Master Sgt. John C. DeRaedt was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and in February of 1986, prior to graduation from high school, enlisted in the United States Air Force, Ohio Air National Guard. In July of 1986, Senior Master Sgt. DeRaedt graduated from Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He immediately started 11 months of training at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi for the Electronic Warfare System Specialist carrier field. Upon completion of training, Senior Master Sgt. DeRaedt worked in the 180th ECM Shop maintaining the systems on the A-7 aircraft and ALQ-119 Radar Jamming Pod and later trained to maintain the ALQ-131, and ALQ-184 electronic countermeasure pods currently being flown on the F-16 platform. In addition to his duties as an Electronic Warfare System Specialist, Senior Master Sgt. DeRaedt continuously volunteers and receives training, maintaining his qualifications for a multitude of additional duties including Crew Chief augmentee on the A-7 aircraft, Security Forces augmentee, fuel tank build-up team for the F-16, crash recovery team, Operational Readiness Inspection Matrix, EOC, and Exercise Evaluation Teams. In November of 2007, Senior Master Sgt. DeRaedt was selected as the First Sergeant for the Maintenance Squadron, Maintenance Operations Flight, and the 180th FW Maintenance Group. Senior Master Sgt. DeRaedt attended the First Sergeant Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base/Gunter Anwiknex, Montgomery, Alabama, graduating in February 2008. Senior Master Sgt. DeRaedt has deployed with the 180th Fighter Wing as an Electronic Warfare Systems Specialist to Sculthorpe, England, multiple times to Incirlik AB, Turkey and Al Jabber AB, Kuwait in support of joint operations including "Operation Provide Comfort", "Operation Northern Watch" and "Operation Southern Watch". He served as First Sergeant on the 180th FW deployment to Nellis AFB, Nevada for Red Flag. Senior Master Sgt. Sgt. DeRaedt holds a CCAF degree in Applied Science, Avionic Systems Technologies, a CCAF degree in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. In the civilian sector, Senior Master Sgt. DeRaedt is the owner of a software consulting firm he founded in 2001. He lives in Toledo, Ohio with his wife of 22 years and their 10 children.

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