On April 21, 2023, our Lord and Savior carried Etsul Andrews through the last scene of life. He was born on August 16, 1953 to the late Emanuel and Maxine Andrews in Cincinnati Ohio. He attended Annunciation Catholic School and was proud to be an altar boy. He later attended Colerain High School where he was active in sports and theatre productions. He graduated in 1973. He continued his education at the University of Cincinnati. He was employed at Good Samaritan Hospital, LeBlond Machine Tool Manufacturing, and later he went to work at General Electric, were his father built jet engines.
Although he loved working with machines he wanted more, and was recruited by and Air Force engineer to enlist in the Air Force in 1978 to continue his education. Upon completion of basic military training as an Honor Graduate at Lackland AFB and technical training at Sheppard AFB, Texas he was assigned to Andrews AFB, Maryland as a medical technician in the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and it fueled his desire to fly. He fell in love with Charmaine, they married in 1979 and off they went to see the world. He got orders to March AFB, California and was an emergency room technician. He was recruited to attend to the Aeromedical Evacuation Flight School, were he graduated 1st in his class. After finishing his schooling he was on the move again and took an assignment in 1985 to Aeromedical Evacuation squadron at Rhein Main AFB, Germany to fly. He flew all around the world moving injured patients to medical facilities for care. Often time flying into dangerous situations to help the injured. He was involved in the TWA hijacking, Achille Laurel hijacking, Berlin Disco bombing and the bombing at Rhein Main AFB, Germany. He was on the cover of the New York Times when his squadron brought the Achille Laurel hostages back to the United States.
In 1988 he was assigned to the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina. His daughter, Ashley was born the next year and it was love at first sight. He went back to school to get his EMT licenses. He continued to fly and would be deployed for extended periods of time.
He deployed to support numerous operations such as “TEAM SPIRIT”, “JUST CAUSE”, PHOENIX SCORPION” DESERT SHIELD/STORM”, “REFORGER”, “RESTORE DEMOCRACY”, and “JOINT ENDEAVOR”.
Anytime he was deployed he knew he had his family’s full support and would find a way to bring Ashley a treat. He continued to excel and was selected and upgraded to a Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner.
He was excited to be involved in the new C-17A aircraft. He spearheaded the aeromedical operational test and evaluation of this new aircraft. He was handpicked to represent Aeromedical Evacuation at the group level. He continued to improve procedures and provide a high level of efficiency at the Operations Group Stan/Eval. Out of twelve stan/eval programs he had the only program rated outstanding and was classified as a bench mark program for Air Mobility Command. He received many Air Force Commendations, such as Air Force Commendation second oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal third oak leaf cluster, Liberation of Kuwait (Saudi) Medal, Liberation Haiti Medal, NATO Medal for outstanding performance while at Pope AFB just to name a few. He decided to retire in 1998 with 21 years of serve and move back to Cincinnati.
He wanted to do something different, and was employed at Ricoh as a technician before retiring again. His focus turned to his granddaughter Ari. She is the light that would always make him smile. It was his job to pick her up from school and he loved his time with her. He continued with the treats, and she received something anytime he went to Wright Patterson AFB. He loved to travel and often took trips to the beach with family vacation. He also loved sports and especially the Bengals. He had enough Bengal gear to wear something different every day during the season. During football and basketball season he could be found on the couch in front of the TV talking to his brother about the game. It was often wondered if he was a coach or fan. He had a love for all music especially jazz.
He leaves to celebrate his memory, Charmaine Andrews, wife, Ashley Andrews (Ramon Ingram) companion, Ari Ingram, granddaughter, Raymond Andrews (Yvette) brother, Donna Blannon (Greg) sister, Lonnetta Dorsett, mother in law, Thomas Dorsett, brother in law, Vickie Dorsett, sister in law, Barry Dorsett, nephew, Bryant Battle, Brandon Battle, nephews and a host of great nieces and nephews, friends, an especially his military family. He was preceded in death by Emanuel Andrews Jr, brother, Nardie Andrews, brother, and Portia Turney, sister, SGM Thomas Dorsett, father-in-law, Keythe Dorsett, brother-in-law.
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