Tech. Sgt. Randall Sole is avid outdoorsman

Tech. Sgt. Randall Sole

Tech. Sgt. Randall Sole

Story and photos by A1C Lauren Main

15th Wing Public Affairs

Tech. Sgt. Randall Sole, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 535th Airlift Squadron, is this week’s Warrior of the Week.

Some would call Sole a dare-devil, others may just call him crazy, but as an avid outdoors-man, Sole feels he is a perfect fit for the Hawaiian isles.

“I try to get outside as much as possible,” Sole said. “I like to do everything from hiking and surfing to sky diving.”

In 2009, Sole even went as far as to re-enlist while sky diving. He re-enlisted with a group of co-workers who accompanied him as they took off from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Sole recited the oath of enlistment as he free fell nearly 13,000 feet. Once he completed the oath, he saluted the presiding officer, who performed his unorthodox re-enlistment and deployed his parachute.

Sole’s last duty station was a special duty assignment where he was assigned to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) as an instructor on the USAFA parachute team, “Wings of Blue.”

“I think the best thing about my job in the Air Force is the people,” he said. “Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of having some amazing jobs in great locations, but it’s the people I have worked with who made those jobs memorable and worthwhile.”

Currently, Sole is responsible for scheduling and prioritizing workloads for 14 personnel and conducting quality assurance checks on aircrew flight equipment including parachutes, masks, night vision goggles, and any other aircrew equipment that is assigned to the 535th AS C-17s.

According to his supervisor, Capt. Sharon Tweedy, AFE flight commander, Sole ensures the 15th Operations Group air-crew knows what to expect and has supreme confidence that they will succeed in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environments.

“Sergeant Sole is the ultimate example of dedication and professionalism,”

Tweedy said. “He has taken the challenging roles of the squadron unit deployment manager and AFE aircrew contamination control area noncommissioned officer in charge to the next level.”

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