• Jim Ratti, '82

News from Bill Harding

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

23 Sep 2021

Got some news and pictures from my Doolie squadron mate Bill Harding. Here's what he had to say:



As an update from me, I’ll share that my older son, Capt Austin Harding, is a Combat Rescue Officer (CRO). The CROs are the officers who lead Pararescue Jumpers (PJs), and, interestingly, the enlisted who specialize in SERE.

Charlene (USAFA '85) commissioned Austin at a ceremony at San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2017. Here's a pic of our four kids taken at Austin’s 2019 graduation event from Pararescue School.

From left to right, Christina (30, works for Northrop in Florida), Candace (16, High School Senior), Austin (27), and Chase (19, college sophomore).

And here's an undated family picture:

From left to right: Chase, Charlene, Austin, Celeste (Austin’s wife), Bill, Candace, Tyler (Christina’s husband), and Christina

Austin deployed to Kandahar in 2019, pinned on Captain this summer and deploys again this fall.


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