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Yokota-bound Airman aces hydraulic systems course

Airman Rendon McClain aces hydraulic systems apprentice course

Airman Rendon McClain, 364th Training Squadron hydraulic systems apprentice course student, tightens the connection of two hydraulic hoses on a C-130 ground instruction training aircraft at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 20, 2018. McClain, a native of Houston, made perfect scores on exams during the 49-day course to earn the distinction of being an ACE student. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – A native of Houston headed to Yokota Air Base, Japan, aced the 364th Training Squadron’s hydraulic systems apprentice course recently, mastering each testing benchmark with perfect scores.

Airman Rendon W. McClain, assigned to the 374th Maintenance Squadron at Yokota, and his classmates graduated from the 49-academic-day course Dec. 20, 2018. They were instructed on the basics of aircraft hydraulics, how to troubleshoot and repair problems, pressure checking hydraulic systems, servicing hydraulic lines and other maintenance procedures.

Rank and name: Airman Rendon W. McClain

Unit: 374th Maintenance Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan

Duty title: Aircraft hydraulic systems apprentice

Hometown: Houston

Time in service: 5 months

Why you joined the Air Force: My brother asked me to join with him.

Family: Ramona, mother; Rick, father; Rajan and Ryan, siblings

Hobbies: Music, books and video games

Favorite aspect of job: Working with my hands.

Most memorable Air Force experience: Dining facility process week 1 of basic training.

How do you make responsible choices: Thinking about where my decisions might lead.

Instructor comment:
“Airman McClain’s embodiment of the core value of excellence in all we do resulted in him achieving a course average of 100 percent,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Bertsch, 364th TRS hydraulic systems apprentice course instructor. “He strived to fully understand the course material and master all course objectives. His diligent work ethic truly sets him above his fellow students. Airman McClain has a bright future with the United States Air Force and I hope he can pass his traits down to future Airmen of his own.”