Lt. Col. Sanchez retires from USAF

Col. Sanchez Col. Sanchez Rockdale native Marco Sanchez retired from the United States Air Force on Nov, 3 at the rank of l ieutenant colonel after a 27-year career.

He was born Dec. 6, 1966 in Seguin to Rudy and Lillian Sanchez and was raised in Rockdale.

After graduating from RHS in 1985, he attended Blinn Junior. College before joining the Air Force Reserves on May 8, 1986.

Sanchez began drilling at the 32nd Aeromedical Evacuation Group, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas (presently the 433rd AES). He completed enlisted Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and Medical Technician School at Sheppard AFB, Texas.

Upon completion of initial Aeromedical Evacuation Technician training, he was quickly upgraded to Flight Instructor then nominated for Flight Examiner, before receiving his commission.

Sanchez was commissioned as second lieutenant into the Medical Service Corps, Air Force Reserves in April, 1992.

Shortly thereafter, he participated in Golden Medic, as officer in charge during the first application of the Unit Type Code known today as the Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Team (AEOT).

Through his enlisted and officer career, he deployed in support of several exercises and operations, including Operation Just Cause, (Panama 1989), Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Turkey 1990), Operation Joint Guard (Germany 2003), Operation Enduring Freedom (Iraq 2003), Operation Iraqi Freedom– (Kuwait 2003), Germany (2004), Scott AFB, Illinois (2006-2008), Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans, La, 2006) and Hurricane Dean (Lackland AFB 2008).

He served as Charge Medical Technician, NCOIC of a Mobile Aeromedical Evacuation Facility (MASF), MASF Executive Officer, AEOT Officer in Charge, Operations Flight Chief, Director of Operations and Interim Commander.

His efforts contributed to the safe aeromedical evacuation of 10,000-plus injured service members and civilians.

Col. Sanchez is married to State Representative Jessica C. Farrar. They live in Houston with their three rescue dogs, Cricket, Possum & Gator.

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