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By Betty Vanderwielen

Yajko relates a life on alert

Veteran Spotlight


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Captain John Yajko. After 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, he retired as a Colonel.

SALMON PRAIRIE – When John Yajko graduated from college, he got a job as a football coach at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. It looked like the beginning of a promising sports career – until he received a draft notice.

Not wanting to go into the Army, Yajko immediately went down to the Air Force recruiting agency and signed up. Hoping to become a pilot, he added his name to a long list of others who hoped for the same thing. In the meantime, he went first to Officers Training School and then to Communications-Electronics training school, the career path a battery of tests...

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