The 944th FW Warrior of the Month: Senior Airman Jared Rutan

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  • By Staff Sgt. Lausanne Kinder
  • 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The January 944th Fighter Wing Warrior of the Month is Senior Airman Jared Rutan, 944th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-35 advanced fighter integrated avionics journeyman.

The Warrior of the Month program is a way to recognize and spotlight the Airmen of the 944th Fighter Wing for their positive impact and commitment to the mission.

Time in Service: Three years.

Time with the 944th Fighter Wing: Three years.

Civilian Job: Avionics Technician (Air Reserve Technician).

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California.

Hobbies: Skateboarding, snowboarding, golf, tabletop games, outdoor activities, competitive gaming, and electronics tinkering.

Home-life: Happily married, two healthy babies, and two French Bulldogs.

Why did you join the Air Force?
Initially, I pursued work as a pharmacy technician, but with time, I began to regret my choice not to enlist in the tradition of my active and Reserve family members. After much deliberation, I decided to switch gears and enlist with the Reserve. Joining has proven to be one of the most beneficial choices in my life. I am very appreciative of the doors that have opened from this opportunity.

How does your job support the mission of the 944th Fighter Wing?
During the week, I work hand in hand with active duty to maintain our F-35 fleet and gather experience to pass on during drill weekends. My role during unit training assembly weekends is to train our traditional reservists to be the next generation of combat ready maintainers.

If you were on a deserted island...?
I would acquire knowledge of the area, locate/create shelter, search for a long-term solution for sustenance, and do everything I can to contact civilization so I can get back to my family.