Voices of the VaANG: Senior Airman Jose Pitre

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Lucretia Cunningham
  • 192nd Wing

“Most people think we’re from outer space or something in these suits, but I just try to connect with them. I introduce myself, explain what I’m doing, and always be truthful. I tell them, it’s not the best feeling in the world, but I’m going to try to make it as quick as possible — just reassure them they can get through it, and I’m here for them.

Where I’m from in New Jersey, it wasn’t always the nicest, but being able to give back to people was always something I wanted to do. The military had always been on my mind growing up as a kid.

I always thought of myself in somewhat of a support role, as someone who can make others feel better. I like to think of others before I think of myself, so when it came down to being a medic, I thought of it as a way to make someone’s day better. There’s also the possibility of saving someone’s life and that gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

I’m originally assigned to the general medical unit, but I was brought on to the team for the COVID mission. Outside of the military, I’m a police officer so I was happy to be able to serve the community in another way.

Our job is to help others, to help Virginia as a whole, and bring reassurance to the communities that we’re here to help and we’re going to get through this.”
— Senior Airman Jose Pitre, 192nd Medical Group Detachment 1 medical technician