News | April 27, 2017

"... The passing rate is about seven percent..."

By Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams 940th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

"I began my military career in the Army, working in infantry, and loved it. I earned a lot of respect being the only private (PV1) in my unit to be airborne-qualified and to have my expert infantry badge. To earn the badge, I completed and passed a week’s worth of testing, ranging from day and night land navigation to a 12-mile ruck in under three hours. The passing rate is about seven percent. The group I tested in started with 300 people, but only 22 passed. I was the only E1 (private), while the others who passed were staff sergeants (E6), sergeants first class (E7) or officers. After serving four years, my wife and I decided it would be best for the family to move home and do something a little steadier. My dad (Chief Master Sgt. Stuart Bisland, 940th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintenance superintendent) told me about the wing’s upcoming refueling mission and I decided to join. I always enjoyed working with my hands, so I chose to become a crew chief. Although I miss the fast-pace of my prior combat position, I like what I do now and getting to spend more time with my family."

Staff Sgt. Daniel C. Bisland, 940th Maintenance Squadron crew chief

Hometown: Rio Linda, California

(Each month, we will share a story of a reservist through a photo, simple quote or article. The goal of this project, similar to the 9th Public Affairs' Faces of Beale, is to learn more about Citizen Airmen. Whether traditional or full-time, every reservist has a unique story and adds to what makes us part of the world's greatest Air Force.)