LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Wyland Wacaser is celebrating a number of milestones on his journey in the United States Air Force.
The 2012 graduate of Lower Lake High School began basic military training on Oct. 2, 2012, graduating on Nov. 30 from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The following week he was moved to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.
There, he attended the preliminary explosive ordinance disposal class for 21 days, completing that course with six other airmen out of 30 competing airmen.
On Jan. 22 he was moved to Eglin Air force Base in Florida, where his final schooling is expected to last another six months to a year. His job will entail identifying and disposing of explosives, both friendly and hostile.
Wacaser has always had an interest in this line of work and in supporting his country, and he is determined to excel, according to family members.
His parents, Bert and Kelley Wacaser from the Cobb area, are standing proud along with the rest of his supporting family, including brother, Chris Wacaser; aunts and uncles, Alan Wacaser, Fred and Geri Wacaser, Jeff and Cathy Wilder, Uncle “Bull” and Christy Wilder, and Linda Austin; and several cheering cousins.