Biography of MSgt Ricardo Lopez

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Master Sergeant Ricardo Lopez currently serves as the Litigation Paralegal, Los Angeles Regional Office of the Labor Law Field Support Center, Los Angeles Region, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. The Los Angeles Regional Office provides labor law support to Los Angeles AFB, Edwards AFB, Vandenberg AFB, Travis AFB, Beale AFB and March ARB (Federal Labor Union issues only).

MSgt Lopez was born in Lansing, Michigan. Originally a Vehicle Operator, MSgt Lopez entered active duty in January 1992. His first seven years were spent as a Vehicle Operator at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. MSgt Lopez retrained into the paralegal career field in April 1999. His paralegal assignments include RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; and the Air Force Claims Service Center, Kettering, Ohio. He has served in various capabilities as a paralegal, to include Defense Paralegal and has deployed to OPERATION DESERT STORM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

MSgt Lopez is married to the former Sherri Humphreys of Lansing, Michigan. Together, they have two sons, Ricardo Jr. and Peter Nicholas “Nick” Lopez.

EDUCATION

1985 Certificate of Achievement in Diesel Technology, Lansing, MI
1996 Airman Leadership School
1999 Paralegal Apprentice Course
2003 Paralegal Craftsman Course
2005 CCAF, Associates of Applied Science- Paralegal Studies
2006 NCO Academy

ASSIGNMENTS

1. March 1992 – June 1997, Vehicle Operator (Vehicle Operator, Dispatcher, Fleet Management), 28th Transportation Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, SD (January 1993 – April 1993, Deployed Vehicle Operator “Desert Storm”, Khamas Mushait, Saudi Arabia)

2. June 1997 – March 1999, Vehicle Operator (Vehicle Operator, Dispatcher, Fleet Management), 100 Air Refueling Wing, Transportation Squadron RAF Mildenhall England, UK

3. March 1999 – May 2002, Paralegal (Claims, Civil Law, Military Justice), 100 Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall England, UK (November 2001- December 2001, Deployed Paralegal 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, “Operation Enduring Freedom”, Borgas, Bulgaria)

4. May 2002 – December 2004, Paralegal (Claims, Civil Law, Military Justice), Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ (April 2004 – July 2004, Deployed Paralegal Joint Services Law Enforcement Team, “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, Kirkuk, Iraq)

5. December 2004 – December 2006, Defense Paralegal, Air Force Legal Services Agency, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

6. January 2007 – August 2010, Paralegal (Claims, Carrier Recovery, Claims Intake Flight), Air Force Claims Service Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

7. August 2010 – Current, Paralegal, Los Angeles Regional Office, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, General Litigation Division, Labor Law Field Support Center, Los Angeles AFB, CA

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with six devices
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
AF Good Conduct Medal with six devices
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one star
Iraq Campaign Medal with one star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Long
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service with three clusters
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with one cluster
AF Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Airman First Class – 8 January 1992
Senior Airman- 8 May 1994
Staff Sergeant- 1 January 1999
Technical Sergeant- 1 November 2004
Master Sergeant- 1 August 2011

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