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John Sacia

John Sacia
Major/F-16 Jet Pilot
Air National Guard - 115th Fighter Wing

3110 Mitchell Street
Madison, WI 53704

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Major John Sacia began his military career while attending Eastern Illinois University. He earned a degree in Music Education, but his involvement in the ROTC program while attending college also helped launch his flying career. He became commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army’s Aviation branch and served for nine years flying Apache attack helicopters in Germany, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. While in Iraq, Sacia also served as a Company Commander, making him responsible for over 120 soldiers. Following his tours overseas, Sacia left the military and flew helicopters in the civilian sector in the Gulf of Mexico and Las Vegas. He returned to military service in 2008, when he was hired by the Wisconsin Air Guard to fly F-16 fighter jets. Major Sacia completed all formal training in March of 2011 and now serves in the weapons department of the 176th Fighter Squadron, part of the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison, WI.

Being at the controls of an F-16 fighter jet is a unique job that takes intense training and dedication. Hear what an average work day is like for one of Wisconsin's Air National Guard jet pilots serving with the 115th Fighter Wing. Major John Sacia has been all over the world flying military aircraft and shares his career experiences providing combat readiness for the nation. (Running Time 20:41)