Master Sargent Ira M. Hearen, HHS Class of ’97, has retired from the United States Air Force after 20+ years of Active Duty service. During his tenure, MSgt Hearen served in the Air Transportation career field in which he was responsible for the safe processing, handling, and visibility of cargo and passengers for all manner of users of the Department of Defense Transportation System. MSgt Hearen retired as a Craftsman and also possessed the Rigger Wings designating him as a parachute Rigger in the United States Air Force. MSgt Hearen enlisted on 3 September, 1997 and retired on 1 January, 2018.
During his 20+ years, Ira was stationed in Guam, North Carolina, South Korea, Illinois, and Germany. His final position was as the Section Chief for the Aerial Delivery section of the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron while stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. His section was the sole source of airdrop support for all of the United States Air Forces in Europe as well as partnered with Allied nations such as Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece. His multiple tours of duty saw him deploy twice in support of the Global War on terror. His first deployment was to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan as part of a 22-man airlift support team. His second deployment was to Qyarrah West in Iraq as part of the over-the-road convoy mitigation efforts.
Ira is the son of Ira Hearen Jr. and Charlotte Levi, both of Holtville. He is happily married to MSgt Laura Hearen who is stationed in Germany as a member of the United States Air Force. Ira has two sons, Taylor and Levi, and two daughters, Emma and Olivia. He also has one step-son, Pierson. After his retirement from the Air Force, Ira has chosen to attend school full-time, travel, and spend as much time with his kids as possible.