Depatie identified for early promotion

Wed, 06/18/2008 - 10:09am
By: The Citizen

Arthur J. Depatie has been specifically identified for early promotion to senior airman in the U.S. Air Force.

The airman was awarded the new rank ahead of other Air Force members by a "Below-The-Zone" promotion board, which considered the airman's time in grade, time in service, job performance, military knowledge, bearing, exceptional qualifications, self-improvement efforts and best overall record.

The Below-the-Zone program provides an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified airman first class to a one-time consideration for promotion to senior airman six months prior to the fixed fully-qualified phase point. To be selected and considered for the promotion, the airman must meet specific requirements outlined in Air Force regulations and must be recommended by the commander.

Depatie, a fitness specialist with three years of military service, is assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

He is the son of Judith Depatie of Fayetteville, Ga., and Arthur Depatie of Celebration, Fla. The airman is a 2003 graduate of Fayette County High School, Fayetteville.

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