Villager’s grandson-in-law graduated with Space Force’s inaugural class 2023

John Fedyszyn, a veteran of the Vietnam War, hadn’t saluted in more than 50 years when a member of the initial graduating class of the United States Space Force picked him for his first salute. This was a significant distinction for Fedyszyn.

Robert Bartkowiak, the grandson-in-law of Fedyszyn, was one of the 15 guardians who participated in the first all-Space Force flight to graduate from the Officer Training School of the United States Department of the Air Force on March 10.

Fedyszyn was present to celebrate the momentous achievement and was honored with the first salute by the newly commissioned second lieutenant. This event went down in the annals of military history.

The Space Force’s first graduating class included Villager’s grandson-in-law.

Fedyszyn, a resident of the Village of Osceola Hills, remarked that “This is a big thing because becoming a commissioned officer means being commissioned by the United States Congress and that you have authority.”

“Because becoming a commissioned officer means being commissioned by the United States Congress and that you have authority,”

“Their very first time to salute is the most important thing about a commissioned officer, and he chose me,” she said. It has been 55 years since my last salute, and he may choose whoever he wants to offer the first salute.

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