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INDIANAPOLIS – Master Sgt. Jerry W. Weatherholt Jr. retired March 1, 2012, after serving 24 years in the United States Air Force.
He was born in Tell City in 1968, and graduated from Tell City High School in 1986. He entered the military in February 1988, when he reported for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Upon completion, he attended technical training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., where he graduated in 1989 as a B-52H electronic warfare systems apprentice.
Weatherholt’s assignments included K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich.; Osan Air Base, South Korea; Barks-dale Air Force Base, La., and Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
His duty positions during his 24 years of service in-cluded electronic warfare section chief, avionics quality assurance inspector, assistant specialist flight chief, flight line expeditor and production superintendent.
Weatherholt was deployed numerous times throughout his military career in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom and En-during Freedom.
During Weatherholt’s career, he earned the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak-leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak-leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak-leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven oak-leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with six oak-leaf clusters and the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star. His awards included the 2nd Maintenance Group Tuskegee Airman Senior Master Sgt. Margaret Frances Barbour Award and the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Lance P. Sijan Award.
Weatherholt is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Weatherholt of Tell City. He and his family, the former Cheryl Seibert and their two daughters, Hillary and Brooke, have relocated to Indianapolis, where Weatherholt continues using his knowledge of aircraft electronics.
He is employed with the AAR Corp., a contracting firm performing work for Delta, Southwest and UPS aircraft at the Indianapolis International Airport.