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Air Force initiate honored at Veterans Memorial Park

Abraham Trejo to prepare C-17 fighter planes for flight as crew chief member


by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Louis Haga, a member of the Beaverton-based American Legion Post No. 124, initiates Abraham Trejo, a former U.S. Ranger Marine soldier, into the Air Force at a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday afternoon.Abraham Trejo’s bosses at Comcast must be OK with their employee moonlighting in the U.S. Marine Corps in recent years. They approve of his “other job” enough to take part in the ceremony to initiate Trejo into the Air Force on Tuesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park at Watson Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown Beaverton.

Trejo, 32, who served for four years as a Marine Ranger in the Second Battalion of the 7th Marines stationed at 29 Palms in Southern California, is making the leap to the Air Force as crew chief of a C-17 fighter plane. He will be stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.

Trejo, a Forest Grove resident, was joined by his wife Veronica, their daughter Priscilla, 8, and son David, at the 2 p.m. ceremony helmed by members of the Beaverton-based American Legion Post 124. Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding and a handful of city officers were in attendance, along with Trejo’s Air Force recruiter, Staff Sgt. Daniel Nodich, who introduced Trejo at the brief ceremony.

“It’s a rather select organization,” Nodich said of the Air Force crew chief position. “Out of 300 or 400 calls this year, we’ve put in 37 people, and Abraham is one of them. Many try, but few make it.”

Trejo’s grasp of aviation knowledge, along with his stellar record with the Marines, helped him stand out from the pack.

“It’s a highly sought-after job,” Nodich added. “You’ve got to know the plane from nose to tail. You’re the one firing up the engine before pilots take off.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Louis Haga, a member of the Beaverton-based American Legion Post No. 124, initiates Abraham Trejo, a former U.S. Ranger Marine soldier, into the Air Force at a Tuesday afternoon ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

Trejo, maintaining he will “always be a Marine first,” said he didn’t hesitate to make the leap into the Air Force.

“I need to serve. It’s an itch that needs to be scratched,” he said. “I look forward to leading again and being part of the system.”

It was reassuring to be flanked by military veterans, police officers as well as three supervisors from his day job as a Comcast support technician based at the company’s Brigadune Court office.

“It’s a humbling experience,” Trejo said. “I didn’t expect this many people would be here.”

Jason Turner, Trejo’s immediate supervisor at Comcast for the past five and a half years, said he’s proud of Trejo’s continuing desire to serve his country and try new things.

“We’re just happy for him. He brings our team together by being lighthearted, with a good sense of humor,” he noted. “He’s a hard worker with strong attention to detail. His attention is to the team. He’s not just focused on himself.”

Marv Doty, commander of the American Legion Post 124, said the ever-evolving Veterans Memorial Park is an ideal place to honor servicemen at pivotal moments in their career. Two new projects are in the works for the park, including a $250,000 to $300,000 monument to the Sons of the American Revolution.

“We have a fantastic memorial park,” he said. “It’s becoming rather well known. If you want to go to a place that’s meaningful for veterans, come to Beaverton.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Members of the American Legion Post No. 124 salute Abraham Trejo, a former U.S. Ranger Marine soldier, after he was initiated into the Air Force at a Tuesday afternoon ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.




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