Continuing the Legacy

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  • By Christopher Parr

In an era where legacies seem to fade away, Airman 1st Class John D. Mansky, a crew chief with the 932nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, stands as a proud torchbearer of his family's military heritage. Enlisted in May 2021, Mansky joined the military to carry forward the baton of service that his parents, grandparents, and several uncles and aunts had dutifully upheld. With unwavering dedication, Mansky dons the uniform to continue the family legacy with honor and pride. 

“I love the feeling of putting on the uniform and being able to proudly say that I am serving my country,” said Mansky. 

For Mansky, the decision to join the military was deeply personal. 

"I didn't want this history to end," he shares, emphasizing his strong familial connection to the armed forces. He cherishes the feeling of slipping into the uniform and being able to proclaim, with conviction, that he is actively contributing to his nation's well-being. The military, for him, represents the embodiment of values he holds dear. 

Education has played a crucial role in shaping Mansky's journey. Before embarking on his military career, he completed his first semester at the University of Missouri. Displaying a thirst for knowledge, he also spent a semester at Principia College in Elsa, Ill. This commitment to education reflects his belief in continuous personal and professional growth. 

Looking ahead, Mansky sets his sights on becoming highly proficient in his Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) training. By honing his skills, he aspires to take on the responsibility of training future airmen in his career field, nurturing their potential, and guiding them toward success.  

“I want to finish my crew chief training to become as proficient as I can which will allow me to train Airmen in my career field,” said Mansky.  

Beyond his military and professional endeavors, Mansky finds solace and excitement in a range of hobbies. Sports hold a special place in his heart, and he actively participates in various activities. Whether it's golfing, boating, or ATV riding, Mansky embraces the thrill of the outdoors, allowing himself moments of respite and leisure amid his dynamic life. 

As Mansky embarks on this extraordinary journey of service, family, education, and personal growth, he carries forward a legacy that spans generations. With an unwavering commitment to his country, an earnest desire to build a nurturing family, a thirst for knowledge, and a zest for life's adventures, he represents the epitome of a dedicated Airman, embodying the values and traditions that have shaped his life. Through his Airman’s Story, Mansky hopes to inspire others to embrace their own dreams and to make a difference in their own unique ways, leaving a lasting impact for future generations to follow. 

“I just want the opportunity to wake up and enjoy going to my workplace every day and helping to make a difference,” Mansky added.