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In Focus: Senior Airman Zachary Kafton

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kayla Ellis
  • 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Senior Airman Zachary Kafton, 419th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is a Utah native, born and raised in Clinton. He has an inspiring military heritage that sparked an interest from a young age.

Kafton’s maternal grandfather served in the Navy and his paternal grandfather served in the Army during the Vietnam War. His paternal grandfather received a Purple Heart during his service.

His grandparents’ service and a feeling that he needed to improve himself led Kafton to enlist in 2019.

“I felt going into the Air Force would discipline me a little bit more and motivate me to get better, and so far it has,” Kafton said.

Kafton continually seeks to improve himself and has a goal to promote to staff sergeant in the next three years. 

When he’s not working with the 419th, Kafton works at a mechanic shop and hopes to attend Davis Technical College to receive his mechanic certification.

“My end goal is to make it to a BMW mechanic class so I can get BMW certified,” Kafton said. “My great-grandfather used to work for BMW, and I think that's one reason why it motivates me.”

In his free time, Kafton enjoys the natural beauty Utah has to offer by hiking and going on scenic drives.