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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
SAN ANGELO — For seven months, Airman First Class Lorena Granados trained with the U.S. Air Force technical school at Goodfellow Air Force Base. Only six days before her scheduled graduation, she developed asymptomatic COVID-19 and was forced to graduate by herself 10 days later.
“Seven extremely challenging months and 1,098.5 hours later, I can officially say I graduated tech school,” she said. “This has been by far my hardest but also my biggest achievement, and I am so thankful to have this opportunity in the U.S. Air Force.”
A 2017 graduate of Wellington High School, Lorena is the daughter of Rafael and Maria Granados. She joined the U.S. Air Force March 3 and graduated from basic training April 23 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
“I’ve grown and learned more than I could have ever imagined in such little time, and met incredible people who helped me finish strong,” said Granados. “I thank all who have constantly supported me, and most importantly I thank God.”
Ranked an E-3, she graduated her course with an 86 average and finished her certification block with a 96 average. Granados he will depart for South Korea in early January where she will spend a year.
Goodfellow Air Force Base is home to the 17th Training Wing, which includes four groups, fifteen squadrons, more than a dozen specialized staff agencies and more than a half dozen separate tenant units including an Army battalion and Navy and Marine Corps training detachments.
At Goodfellow, soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen form an agile joint training environment to produce the best-trained service members in the world as stated on its website, goodfellow.af.mil.