Airman First Class Codey A. Gerlach, son of Debra and Jim Ingels of Pomeroy, was recently promoted to A1C and received his flight wings after completing and graduating from Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas.
While at Lackland, he completed air crew fundamentals and B.B.O.C. (Basic Boom Operator Course), where he averaged 93 percent on all exams and was awarded his stripes and flight wings.
Gerlach was then transferred to Fairchild AFB, Spokane, Washington. There he completed his “sere” training. This includes water survival and heli-rescue and combat training. He also completed the Air forces resistance training, (P.O.W. camp survival), as well as spending six days in the mountains of Washington as a member of a downed flight crew.
Gerlach was then transferred to Altus AFB in Altus Oklahoma where he completed his in flight refueling training. As he completed this training, he began refueling all types of air-craft during flight, becoming a boom operator.
After all training and courses were completed, he than transferred to McConnell AFB, Wichita Kansas, where he is now stationed. He and his wife Danielle have two sons, Hayden and Tate.
Gerlach is now preparing for his first deployment over seas which is scheduled for July 2012.