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Note: 1st Lt. Joseph Curran poses in front of A-10C 81-0971 from the 25th Fighter Squadron.
by Staff Reports 10/29/2012 - Airman Spotlight -- Name: Joe "SCAB" Curran
Unit: 25th Fighter Squadron
Job title: A-10C Attack Pilot
Job description and its impact on the overall mission: Attack pilot trained in close air support and forward air control. Within the Republic of Korea we provide a deterrent to North Korean aggression and support to friendly ground units stationed along the DMZ.
Time in the military: 3 ½ Years
DEROS: July 2013
Family: Mom & Dad (Steve & Peggy), Identical Twin Brother (Dan), Younger Sister (Bridget)
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Hobbies: Outdoors, running, reading
Why did you join the military? A desire to serve my country and to be a part of an organization that is larger than any single individual. It's a true honor to be able to serve and work alongside the finest men and women our country has to offer.
Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? I would like to be an instructor pilot in the A-10.
What do you do for fun here? Fire the GAU-8 30mm Gatling gun while flying the world's greatest close air support fighter.
What's your favorite Air Force memory or story? A memory that stands out is having my Grandpa Bob pin on my 2nd lieutenant bars during commissioning from the Academy. He was an enlisted weapons troop stationed first at Lowry AFB and then Nellis AFB. I grew up seeing pictures of him on the flight line with F-51, F-80, and F-86 fighters and his stories and support were a driving force behind my decision to pursue a career in the Air Force.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Earning all conference honors as a track & cross country athlete during college and being selected to fly the A-10 Warthog.
Who are your role models? My mom and dad. Nothing I have accomplished would have been possible without their unconditional support and guidance.