Just look at sleeve for rank

November 15, 2013 

The term "airman" is both a generic name for each man or woman in our great Air Force and a rank as well.

In the case of the photo of Joshua Progar on the front page of the Nov. 7 BND, he is an airman in the rank of staff sergeant. This is no small feat for a first termer, which he looks to be, so I'm betting he's pretty proud of it.

It seems that your photographer got the tough part right by getting Progar's full name, but missed his rank which was apparent by just looking on his shirt sleeve.

Bill Malec


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