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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | March 6, 2020

America's Airman: SSgt. Matthew Ratchford

By Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum 11th Wing Public Affairs

What's your full name, job title and unit?

- Matthew Ratchford, Military Working Dog Trainer/Handler, 11 Security Support Squadron


What's your hometown city and state?

- Williston, Florida


What has being in the military allowed you to do that you wouldn’t have otherwise allowed you to do?

- The military has allowed me to travel the world to see different countries.


What's the coolest thing you’ve done in the military?

- I provided explosive detection capabilities for the President of the United States during the Hanoi summit meeting with Kim Jong Un.


What hobbies do you have/what do you do in your spare time?

- I enjoy shooting, off road driving and camping.


What is the Biggest challenge you’ve faced in your life?

Being separated from my family due to the military life has been a big challenge.


What are two interesting facts about yourself?

-  I married my high school sweet heart and I have two sons.