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Guardmember Spotlight: TSgt Michael Victorino

August 19, 2020

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

Most people will attempt to leave some sort of legacy behind when they are done on this Earth. For Technical Sergeant Michael Victorino he is attempting just that through his work as a C-17 hydraulic mechanic with the 154th Maintenance Squadron.

“I love being hands on and working with tools. Been like this my whole life.”

It’s not just in his duty that he enjoys repair and maintenance work either.

“Outside of the military I am an elevator mechanic with Mitsubishi.”

Some of the challenges faced with both positions are somewhat unique to the job field.

“Challenges in job is sometimes dealing with leaders who are non-mechanics. It can cause issues with communication if they don’t understand the trade.”

As the pandemic swept across the state and National Guardsmen were deployed to assist the communities statewide, Victorino like many others found himself away from home.

“During the pandemic I have been assigned to Task Force Hawaii. I have assisted with temperature screening at airport in Kona as well as assisting with food distributions. Our medical team was the first in the state to do swabbing tests for the community which was awesome.”

From his perspective; the missions have been going well and it brings him joy and comfort knowing he and the rest of TF HI are making a difference.

“The community’s response has been totally positive. They’re going through hardships and it’s good for them to see us assisting.”

His message may seem simple but it certainly resonates with many.

“We are all in this mission together. We are hand in hand with this, you helping us and us helping you. We are service members of course, we are here to serve the community and doing what is right helps us and our families.”

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