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John Jake Negrotti

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Part-Time Member

157th Air Refueling Wing
 
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Employment History

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  • Member
    New Hampshire Air National Guard
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Rockingham News: Guardsman completes mission in Pakistan
www.seacoastonline.com, 9 June 2002 [cached]
PORTSMOUTH - After flying over the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood, air operations technician John Negrotti combined his anger, his sense of patriotism and his sense of duty to go to a desolate airfield in the Pakistani desert.
"I was the lone soldier," said Negrotti, 47, of Plaistow."I was a long way from home.It was a bare-bones base."
A part-time member of the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease International Tradeport, Negrotti witnessed the remnants of the terrorist attacks from the cockpit of a KC 135 Stratotanker performing a combat air-patrol mission over New York City.
"I looked down," Negrotti said."I didn't see the twin towers.I saw a big hole and smoke rising.Nothing surprises me anymore."
...
Negrotti was at work on Sept. 11.
"Here I am 10 minutes outside Boston and I looked up at the sky and I said, 'What the heck is this?'" Negrotti recalled."'Why are these fighters flying so low?' ...Then I got to work and I said, 'What the hell is going on?'"
From there, Negrotti went home to pick up his children.
"There were no smiles anymore," he said."Getting them away from the TV was the hardest part.They said, 'Daddy what's going to happen next?'"
It wasn't long before Negrotti volunteered to go overseas.
"Everybody was running scared - everywhere you went.It was easy for me to decide I wanted to go."
He took a leave of absence from his job as an athletic facilities coordinator at Northeastern University in Boston, was mobilized to full-time duty on Dec. 10 and deployed the next day.
Negrotti's orders were to assume command control of a tattered airfield - formerly a reserve base for the Pakistani air force - and transform it into a re-supply depot for forward operating locations in Afghanistan.
...
Negrotti was the sole member of the New Hampshire Air National Guard dispatched to that location.There he was joined by Army soldiers, Marines and other National Guardsmen from around the United States.
His job included ensuring supplies (including food, water and aircraft parts) were moved in and out of the base to support missions on the front lines.His initial tasks included airstrip reconstruction and installation of runway lights.
Negrotti slept in a tent city.He awoke each morning to clear the runways of debris, check weather reports and prepare the flight crew schedules for refueling missions and training of fighter jets.
Negrotti admitted at times the location was intimidating.
"You don't know what's going to happen day to day, especially when you're in a foreign country.You try not to think about it.I just try to do my job every day.If something warranted a threat to our assets, then we'd deal with it at that time."
At the end of each day, Negrotti said his Air Force instruction gave him the skills to survive.
"I'm just glad I took my training seriously to get home," Negrotti said."That's the key.If you take it seriously you'll be able to get home no matter what the circumstances are."
Negrotti recently returned home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease after four months overseas.
"You don't appreciate the things you have in the United States until you go away," he said.
Motivated to guarantee his children, Alicia, 14, and Christopher, 9, the same liberties as he had growing up, Negrotti has signed up for another overseas tour.
"I want my children to have a life, too," Negrotti said."I don't want them running around scared.If the chance comes, I'm not going to turn it down - I'll go."
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Portsmouth Herald Local News: A year at war
www.seacoastonline.com, 21 Mar 2004 [cached]
John "Jake" Negrotti was not in the crowd in October when President George W. Bush spoke before about 1,000 military members and their families at Pease Air National Guard Base.
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In his speech, Bush mentioned Negrotti, 50, citing him as an example of an outstanding American.
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A member of the New Hampshire Air National Guard's 157th Air Refueling Wing, Negrotti has volunteered for deployment five times since Sept. 11, 2001, serving in Pakistan, Afghanistan, twice in Saudi Arabia, and most recently in Iraq.
From July to December 2003, Negrotti performed airfield operations at Baghdad International Airport.
"I was responsible for the airfield, for the aircraft coming in and out of there," he said.
Negrotti, of Plaistow, left the country just before U.S. forces captured Saddam and held him prisoner at the airport.
"I left just as they captured him - that's someone else's job, to go get the bad guy," he said.
During Negrotti's tour, he helped reconstruct the airport after U.S.-led forces initially bombed the facility so Saddam could not flee.
"So we had to oversee that (rebuilding) project, then we had to bring (the airport) up to international standards.That took a while to do," he said.
Fear was a constant during Negrotti's time in the country.
"If anybody says they weren't afraid, they are lying," he said."I took my training seriously.That's how I survived."
Negrotti is married with two children.He does not expect to return to his civilian job as the athletic facilities coordinator at Northeastern University in Boston until September, when his current tour of duty is over.
Although he knows his job remains open for him, he worries about how much has changed at his workplace over the last two years and whether he will be welcomed back by his co-workers.
"That will be tough for me to go from my military life to my civilian life," he said.
Of his experience in Iraq, he said simply: "It has changed me tremendously."
Portsmouth Herald Local News: Pease-based guardsman completes his mission in Pakistan
www.coaststar.com, 5 June 2002 [cached]
PORTSMOUTH - After flying over the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood, air operations technician John Negrotti combined his anger, his sense of patriotism and his sense of duty to go to a desolate airfield in the Pakistani desert.
"I was the lone soldier," said Negrotti, 47, of Plaistow."I was a long way from home.It was a bare-bones base."
A part-time member of the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease International Tradeport, Negrotti witnessed the remnants of the terrorist attacks from the cockpit of a KC 135 Stratotanker performing a combat air-patrol mission over New York City.
"I looked down," Negrotti said."I didn't see the twin towers.I saw a big hole and smoke rising.Nothing surprises me anymore."
...
Negrotti was at work on Sept. 11.
"Here I am 10 minutes outside Boston and I looked up at the sky and I said, 'What the heck is this?'" Negrotti recalled."'Why are these fighters flying so low?' ...Then I got to work and I said, 'What the hell is going on?'"
From there, Negrotti went home to pick up his children.
"There were no smiles anymore," he said."Getting them away from the TV was the hardest part.They said, 'Daddy what's going to happen next?'"
It wasn't long before Negrotti volunteered to go overseas.
"Everybody was running scared - everywhere you went.It was easy for me to decide I wanted to go."
He took a leave of absence from his job as an athletic facilities coordinator at Northeastern University in Boston, was mobilized to full-time duty on Dec. 10 and deployed the next day.
Negrotti's orders were to assume command control of a tattered airfield - formerly a reserve base for the Pakistani air force - and transform it into a re-supply depot for forward operating locations in Afghanistan.
...
Negrotti was the sole member of the New Hampshire Air National Guard dispatched to that location.There he was joined by Army soldiers, Marines and other National Guardsmen from around the United States.
His job included ensuring supplies (including food, water and aircraft parts) were moved in and out of the base to support missions on the front lines.His initial tasks included airstrip reconstruction and installation of runway lights.
Negrotti slept in a tent city.He awoke each morning to clear the runways of debris, check weather reports and prepare the flight crew schedules for refueling missions and training of fighter jets.
Negrotti admitted at times the location was intimidating.
"You don't know what's going to happen day to day, especially when you're in a foreign country.You try not to think about it.I just try to do my job every day.If something warranted a threat to our assets, then we'd deal with it at that time."
At the end of each day, Negrotti said his Air Force instruction gave him the skills to survive.
"I'm just glad I took my training seriously to get home," Negrotti said."That's the key.If you take it seriously you'll be able to get home no matter what the circumstances are."
Negrotti recently returned home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease after four months overseas.
"You don't appreciate the things you have in the United States until you go away," he said.
Motivated to guarantee his children, Alicia, 14, and Christopher, 9, the same liberties as he had growing up, Negrotti has signed up for another overseas tour.
"I want my children to have a life, too," Negrotti said."I don't want them running around scared.If the chance comes, I'm not going to turn it down - I'll go."
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Portsmouth Herald Newspaper - Complete News from June 5, 2002
www.yorkweekly.com [cached]
6/5/02 - PORTSMOUTH - After flying over the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood, air operations technician John Negrotti combined his anger, his sense of patriotism and his sense of duty to go to a desolate airfield in the Pakistani desert.
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