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Master Sergeant Larry E. Arenas is assigned as Noncommissioned Officer-In-Charge (NCOIC), Small Computer Repair, 377th Communications Squadron, July 1992 to July 1995 and Automatic Data Processing Equipment Manager, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, May 1994 to February 1995.


MSgt Arenas was born and raised in Burbank, California. He attended and graduated from Saint Robert Bellarmine-Thomas Jefferson High School and entered active duty service in June 1978.


MSgt Arenas attended and completed technical training in Telecommunications Systems at Sheppard AFB, Texas.  His first assignment was to the 601st Air Support Operations Center, Maurice Rose Army Air Field, Frankfurt, Germany, in December 1978.  Obtaining Senior Airman Below-The-Zone and a Staff Sergeant-selectee within this two-year tour, he volunteered for selective duty as an airborne communicator aboard the E-4 aircraft, National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP).


After retraining at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, he was assigned to Offutt AFB, Nebraska in March 1981.  During President Reagan's orientation flight on 15 November 1981, he provided a briefing to the President and Air Force One party.  Becoming qualified in both E-4A and E-4B airframes, he was selected as Training Superintendent, NEACP Communications Branch.  In June 1987, he was assigned as NCOIC, Joint Chiefs of Staff/NEACP Communications Center.


After eight years with the NEACP program, MSgt Arenas was assigned as Chief, Operating Location Bravo, 1989th Communications Wing, Rota Naval Station, Spain in June 1989 to administer HQ USAF in Europe's Intratheater Intelligence Communications Network, Southern Region Host.  During this time, DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM revealed severe underutilization of the mainframe.


MSgt Arenas' recommendation to deactivate OL-B 1989CW close to three years after its creation was approved by HQ USAFE and resulted in a cost saving measure of $950,000.  He then coordinated first-choice assignments for his personnel with HQ AF Manpower Personnel Center, deactivated OL-B 1989CW, and transferred to Kirtland AFB, NM in July 1992 for assignment as NCOIC, KAFB Small Computer Repair.


During this tour, MSgt Arenas was selected to perform as Phillips Laboratory's Automated Data Processing Equipment (ADPE) Manager assisting the lab account for millions of dollars worth of computer systems equipment.  MSgt Arenas elected early retirement and was honorably discharged on July 1, 1995 after seventeen years of service to his country.


In the course of his communications career, MSgt Arenas' experience has included Command and Control Emergency Actions, Technical Controller, Super High Frequency/Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communications-Command and Control, Very Low Frequency Concept Operations, Very High Frequency/High Frequency/UHF Radio Operations, Unit Training Manager, Unit Career Advisor, Squadron Nuclear Weapons Personnel Reliability Program Monitor, Defense Data Network Military Network (MILNET), STU-III Secure Telephone Management, personal computer/mainframe operations, and computer diagnostics & analysis.


MSgt Arenas' military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation with bronze star, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster.


Master Sergeant Arenas is an unwed father with full custody since birth of one son, Kiel M. Arenas, born in 1983.


(Current as of July 1995)