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
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.
“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.”