Recruiting salutes

Not many 52-year-olds can say they train future Air Force Special Operations candidates but Eddy Castillo can. Eddy's son Eddie was training to become a Pararescueman, and needed help with the swimming portion of the Physical Ability Stamina Test. What started as a father helping his son toward his dream turned into the elder Castillo helping several young men become stronger swimmers and get that much closer to becoming future operators. He volunteers his time free of charge; all he asks in return is maximum effort at the pool. So far he has trained five future Airmen – three pararescue candidates and two combat controllers. For his efforts, Castillo was presented with the Air Force Recruiting Salutes plaque Dec. 30 in Victorville, California. From left are Airman Basic Alan Manzo; Airman 1st Class Eddie Castillo; Eddy Castillo; Staff Sgt. Jose Lopes-Fontenot, 362nd Recruiting Squadron C-Flight recruiter in Victorville; and Alexander Bertsch, Delayed Entry Program member. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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