On Oct. 18, an USAF basic military training class graduated.

This is special to the Greenwood community because among this BMT class numbers was Hendrik Booraem VII.

Hendrik was a four-year member of the Emerald High School AFJROTC Cadet Corps. He was one of the highest ranking in the cadet corps before he graduated from Emerald in the spring of 2019.

During his time in the Cadet Corps Hendrik amassed more than 300 community service hours. It’s no surprise Hendrik chose to continue to serve his nation after serving his community so dutifully.

The Booraem family has a long history of serving both their community and nation. Hendrik’s father is a member of the Army National Guard and currently deployed.

Immediately upon graduation Hendrik was promoted to Airman First Class as part of a program that recognizes new recruits commitment to USAF and who served in AFJROTC. Cadets must complete at least three years of AFJROTC to receive a Certificate of Completion to earn the extra rank and pay. A1C Booraem has chosen the Air Force Specialty Code, or careerfield, 1C833 Air Field, Radar and Weather Systems, which is responsible for air traffic and warning radar systems, and fixed and deployable navigational aids, weather equipment and radios.

Radar, Airfield & Weather Systems specialists ensure that the equipment utilized by air traffic controllers and pilots is in perfect working order. These specialists install and maintain everything from air traffic control and weather equipment to ground control and navigational aids to ensure aircraft can be safely guided through takeoff and landing. Booraem is currently at Keelser AFB for his AFSC advanced training before being assigned to his first permanent duty station.

Submitted by David