Staff Sergeant Caleb "Thrust" Butler

Staff Sergeant Caleb C. Butler is Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team propulsion specialist and an F-16 engine technician at the14th Fighter Generation Squadron, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Sergeant Butler initially served two years as a test cell technician in the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron where he operated uninstalled F-16 GE engines ensuring they meet strict specifications and deliver quality performance and airworthiness. 

Sergeant Butler enlisted in the Air Force in October 2010 as an Airman Basic.  He completed Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita, Texas. Following technical school, he was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. He has been with the Demonstration Team since September 2022.


2016 Airman Leadership School, RAF Lakenheath, UK

2020 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course 1



1. Oct 2010 – Dec 2010, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas

2.  Dec 2010 – March 2011, Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice, Sheppard AFB, Texas

3. March 2011 – Dec 2012, C-17 Propulsion System Journeyman, Dover AFB, Delaware

4. Dec 2012 – June 2017, Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, RAF Lakenheath, England

5. June 2017 – Oct2019, Phase Engine Technician, Luke AFB, Arizona

6. Oct 2019 – June 2021, F-16 Engine Specialist, Luke AFB, Arizona

7. June 2021 -June 2023, Engine Centralized Repair Facility Craftsman, Misawa AB, Japan

8. Sept 2022 – Present, PACAF Demonstration Engine Technician, Misawa AB, Japan

9. June 2023 – Present, 14th Fighter Generation Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan



Air and Space Commendation Medal

Air and Space Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver oak leaf cluster

Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air and Space Overseas Service Ribbon Long

Air and Space Longevity Service Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster

USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon    

Air and Space Training Ribbon



2016 Honor Guardsman of the Year, RAF Lakenheath, UK (Group/Wing)



2011 Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice

2012 Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman

2017 Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman



Airman Basic, 05 Oct 2010

Airman 1st Class, 03 Dec 2010

Senior Airman, 03 April 2013

Staff Sergeant, 01 Oct 2016