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RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Name and Rank: Staff Sgt. Rufus Brenneman

Unit: 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron

Duty Title: CV-22 debrief section NCO in charge

Time in Service: 5 years, 10 months

Time at Mildenhall: 2 years

Hobbies: Country music DJ, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, watersports, watching college football and taking every traveling opportunity that I can.

Core Value Portrayed: Excellence in All We Do

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?

“It’s important to me because I consider myself to be an exceptional patriot. I love American history and getting to be a part of it has truly been a humbling experience. I take great pride in having the opportunity to contribute to my country and its security.”

What accomplishment during your Air Force career are you most proud of?

“Two of the accomplishments I’m most proud of are supporting Operation Enduring Freedom while deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan and repairing a severely battle damaged aircraft in the area of responsibility.”

What are your personal and/or professional goals?

“My personal goal is to settle down and start a family. I've had a lot of fun being single, but I’m ready to enjoy life with my bride-to-be and potentially have some kids three to four years from now. My professional goal is to stay in helicopter maintenance, whether it’s as an instructor, mechanic or a supervisor. I’m filled with pride every time I see the CV-22 Osprey take off.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

“I love taking my aircraft maintenance skills on the road, where I can test my decision-making ability and supervise my subordinates. Additionally, I take great pride in showing off European Command’s only vertical airlift capability throughout Europe.”
How does the individual portray that core value?

Excellence in All We Do: “Staff Sgt. Brenneman fills a critical role as the CV-22 debrief section NCO in charge,” said Master Sgt. Brian Thompson, 352nd SOMXS CV-22 production superintendent. “He is responsible for ensuring the accurate capture and reporting of all relevant data for each CV-22 Osprey flight. He coordinates with operations, scheduling, the maintenance operations center and analysis daily to ensure aircraft status and historical data are correctly reported to the 352nd Special Operations Wing. He’s capable of tackling any task assigned and returning superior results. He also goes out of his way to uphold his maintenance – qualifications and is willing to step in and help at a moment’s notice. He is invaluable as a member of the CV-22 production team and his exemplary actions have far-reaching impacts.”