Senior Airman John Donnelly, III grew up watching his father serve in the Connecticut Air National Guard. Following in his father’s footsteps, the recently promoted Senior Airman joined the Guard in 2017 and is currently assigned to the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron. Like his father, Donnelly is well on his way to having an impactful and enduring career in the Guard.
Donnelly is one of many Guardsmen who have been called to state active duty in response to the COVID-19 crisis. His first COVID-19 mission was in April, when he and fellow members of 103rd CES went to Stanford Hospital to set up 250 beds for patient overflow. During an interview, the 20-year-old Connecticut native discussed his experience with the COVID-19 response and how his career in the Guard has enhanced his life, both personally and professionally.