Ronald  D.  Trosclair  
  Rank, Service
Master Sergeant E-7,  U.S. Air Force
  Veteran of:
U.S. Air Force 1973-1993
Cold War 1973-1991
Panama Invasion 1989-1990
Persian Gulf War 1991

Ron Trosclair was born in 1952 in Anchorage, Alaska, while his father was stationed there in the Army. He grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, and enlisted in the Air Force on August 28, 1973. Sgt. Trosclair was trained as an Avionics Communication Equipment Repair Specialist at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, from October 1973 to June 1974, and then served with the 4756th Avionics Maintenance Sqauadron at Tyndall AFB, Florida, where he worked on T-33 and F-106 Delta Dart aircraft from June 1974 to April 1978. He next served an overseas tour with the 406th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance (406th CAM) Squadron at Zaragoza AB, Spain, from April 1978 to May 1981, and then transferred to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, where he served first as an Aircraft Radio Communications Specialist with the 8th Tactical Deployment Control Squadron (8th TDCS) Maintenance Squadron from May 1981 to February 1984, followed by service as an Airborne Maintenance Technician (AMT) on the EC-135's of the 8th TDCS from February 1984 to April 1986. He met Barbara Anderson while stationed at Tinker, and they were married on November 23, 1985. Sgt. Trosclair's next assignment was to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi, in May 1986, where he served as an AMT on the EC-130E Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center (ABCCC) aircraft of the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron (7th ACCS). He flew combat missions with the 7th ACCS during the Panama Invasion in December 1989 and January 1990, and again during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Trosclair served in Stan/Eval with the 7th ACCS all 7 years he was with the squadron. MSgt Trosclair retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service on August 31, 1993. He wears the Air Force Senior Maintenance badge and the Senior Enlisted Aircrew Badge, and he accumulated nearly 10,000 hours flying time in the Air Force. Ron also holds a civilian pilots license. After his retirement, Ron and Barbara became missionaries with the Baptist Bible Fellowship out of Springfield, Missouri. They have built churches all over the United States and have served in Europe.

His Air Medal Citation reads:

Technical Sergeant Ronald D. Trosclair distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight as an Airborne Maintenance Technician assigned to the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Riyadh Military Airfield, Saudi Arabia, from 17 January 1991 to 2 March 1991. During this period, his efforts were essential to his unit's contributions to Operation DESERT STORM. Sergeant Trosclair logged 25 combat/combat support missions as a primary aircrew member on the Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center in support of the liberation of Kuwait from occupying Iraqi forces. Designated as the Joint Force Air Component Commander's "Battlefield Manager" for untargeted Air Interdiction and Close Air Support operations, the Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center provided on scene, combat command and control for theater-wide air and ground assets. Sergeant Trosclair's outstanding efforts were critical to providing 24 hour-a-day orbit coverage for 45 days, allowing the control of over 14,200 sorties in support of Close Air Support/Air Interdiction missions. The professional ability and outstanding aerial accomplishments of Sergeant Trosclair reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


Ron relaxing under the wing of an EC-130 during Desert Shield in 1990.



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