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Ted Kitajo from Seattle Named as Most Outstanding Airman of the U.S. Special Air Force in 1958

Original Issue Date: Feb. 14, 1958 Translated by Minami Endo The North American Post

Airman First Class Ted Kitajo, a maintenance specialist airman of the U.S. Air Force 2874 Ground Electronic Engineer Institution Department at the Rammstein base in Germany and son of Mrs. Tamako Kitajo from Seattle, was chosen as the most outstanding airman in the U.S. Air Force Ground Electronic Study Troop in the final three months of last year.

Kitajo has been chosen as “the best airman of the month” in his troop twice since he was assigned. This time, he represented 400 airmen of Troop 2874 and won the competition with more than 3,000 representatives from the Right Special Air Forces from all over the world. As a result, he was promoted to Airman First Class.

After graduating from Seattle University, Kitajo applied for the Air Force on Nov. 16 in 1961. At the same time, he completed his studies of physics, history and psychology at the University of Maryland. He graduated second in his class from the military academy and became a maintenance specialist in Texas after 13 weeks of training. Then he was assigned to the Rammstein base.

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