2005-01-07 / Community

BC Man Commissioned In USAF

Martin J. Ochtabec has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Officer Training School (OTS) at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala.

At OTS, cadets undergo a demanding 12-week course that trains them to be top quality Air Force officers through an extensive curriculum comprised of classroom work, lectures, and exercises to develop leadership, team building, and officer skills. Cadets receive instruction in military training and application, professional knowledge, human behavior, defense studies, leadership studies and management, communication skills, physical fitness, and field training exercises.

Ochtabec, a pilot, is assigned to Westover Air Reserve Base, Springfield, Massachusetts.

He is the son of Hana and stepson of James Berger of Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. The lieutenant graduated in 1994 from Aviation High School, Long Island City, N.Y., and received an associate degree in 1996 from the State University of New York, Farmingdale.  In 2004, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, N.J.

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