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Nirav Nikunj Patel – In Pursuit of Knowledge

Airman 1st Class Nirav Nikunj Patel, 801st Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron guidance and control avionics specialist, sits in the gunner seat of an HH-60 Pave Hawk at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2018. In 2017, Patel earned his PhD in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences from George Mason University, on top of his Masters in Science in Geography, and two Bachelors of Arts in Geography and Philosophy from the University of Florida. Patel is deployed with the 1st Expeditionary Rescue Group which provides combat search and rescue for Operation Inherent Resolve. (Courtesy photo)