After nearly a year of being on military leave with the Air Force Reserves, public safety police officer John Driscoll is back at SCC. In July 2011, John left SCC to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia where he completed two courses, the Criminal Investigator Training Program and the Basic Special Investigator Course.
After graduation, he was assigned to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, for four months where he conducted criminal investigations in protection of U.S. Air Force assets and personnel.
“SCC has been really supportive of my service in the military, and I’m thankful for that,” he said. John has been with SCC’s Department of Public Safety for four years and a member of the Air Force for the last 15 years.
This wasn’t the first time John has taken a military leave of absence. In December 2009, just after his one-year anniversary at SCC, John went to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, where he stayed for six months. “When it came time to go to Afghanistan, I knew it was my time to serve,” he said.
John provided ground support for the aeromedical missions at Bagram, flying patients to and from U.S. military bases in Europe and the Middle East. When his tour of Afghanistan was over, his base had seen more than 2,500 patients and had completed 250 missions.
Driscoll signed up for the Air Force in February 1997 after just one semester of college. He toured Colorado, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and England as a K-9 handler for the military police during his five years of active duty. On returning home, Driscoll knew he wanted to go back to school. “I wanted to get my bachelor’s degree,” he said. “I love new challenges and learning – I’m big on education."
In 2002, he enrolled at UMSL and also enlisted in the Air Force Reserves. While in the Reserves, Driscoll switched careers and became an aeromedical evacuation technician, or as he called it, a “flying EMT.” In addition to Afghanistan, John has been deployed several times since joining the Reserves, including California and Hawaii.
John said his service in the Air Force and his service to SCC complement each other. “Through both jobs I’ve become more compassionate, talkative, helpful and friendly with people. I feel like it’s my duty to save and protect everyone I can.”