Airpark-based Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial Inc. awarded an aviation scholarship to Michael Barragan, a Chochise College student pursuing an associate of professional pilot technology degree.
TB2 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, honoring all military veterans and creating unique educational opportunities for Arizona students studying all aspects of aviation.
Barragan served in the U.S. Air Force after high school and earned the rank of senior airman E-4 and crew chief for the A-10 Thunderbolt (aka Warthog).
His last active-duty station assignment was at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. He has a strong interest in becoming an A-10 pilot and eventually becoming a commercial airline pilot.
Along with a full class load and carrying a high GPA, he continues to serve the Air Force in the active Reserve.
“Michael is the first Cochise College recipient of the TB2 Aviation Scholarship,” says Steve Ziomek, chairman and president of TB2. “Michael’s dedication to his studies, aviation and the USAF exemplifies his worthiness of this prestigious honor.”