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THOMAS W RAPANT

MSGT (RETIRED)

Air Force

HOME : GUILDERLAND, NY

Plaque : Wall 3, Row D, Col 2

MSGT, USAF Retired with over 22 years of honorable service. Over 13 years as a Jet Engine Master Mechanic and over 9 years as a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Master Technician. The highlight of my military career was serving at U-Tapao AB, Thailand during the Vietnam War and earning a Vietnam Campaign medal. After my military retirement, I worked 10 years for Litton Applied Technology in Grants Pass, Oregon managing and supervising their Calibration Laboratory. My four man calibration team calibrated, troubleshot, repaired and maintained hundreds of Automated Test Stations, more than one thousand pieces of general test equipment, and numerous Environmental Test Chambers being used in the manufacture, production and testing of early warning systems used in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. I have earned three Associate Degrees in 1 Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 2 Human Services and 3 Substance Abuse Counseling. I also retired from the WorkSource Oregon Employment Department where I was the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist DVOP. I was with this agency for just over 10 years and worked with veterans in need of employment and also managed the Douglas County Veterans Forums (DCVF), Veterans Assistance Fund (VAF). The VFA was started in 2002 with a $500 grant fro the Douglas County Employers Council (DCEC) and many Douglas County Veterans Service Organizations and auxiliaries decided to follow suit and contribute money to this fund on a monthly basis. In 2011 the VAF provided over $13,300 in grants to veterans of our community in need. Since its creation the fund has provided over $50,000 to veterans residing in or passing through Roseburg, OR. I am an active member of the Douglas County Veterans Forum, an active lifetime member of the Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post 16, Veterans of Foreign wars Post 2468, The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 805 and also member of the Southern Oregon war Birds. May God continue to bless you and yours and the USA.

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