I was on active duty in the Air Force from January 1996 to June 2000 at Lackland AFB, Sheppard AFB, Hill AFB, and Misawa AB. Ten months after I separated, I moved from California to Texas to join the Texas Air National Guard from March 2001 to November 2008 at Lackland. In May 2007, I got married and graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in 2008 I was offered a job with Northrop Grumman developing maintainer and pilot training on the F-35 program in El Segundo, CA. I transferred to the California Air National Guard in December 2008 at Fresno ANGB. In May 2012, I transferred my civilian job to Fort Worth and transferred to the Air Force Reserve at NAS Fort Worth JRB.
I was proud of this one. It was my first jet to have my name on the right canopy sill, and my nickname "Batman". I also spray-painted round bat symbols on the hubcaps and had various Batman decals inside several maintenance doors. I even painted my ear defenders a flat black, and painted the "Batman Begins" bat logo in chrome on each ear cup. My only regret was not doing a Batman-themed travel pod.