Pride and Duty Runs in the McAuley Family
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Pictured from bottom to top: Ron's wife, Kathleen, daughter, Amanda, son, Matthew and Ron.
Northern California TRACON Vice President Ron McAuley is a 22-year FAA veteran and NATCA member, but he has been serving his country longer than that, and has passed the values of military service on to his two children, Amanda and Matthew McAuley.
Before joining the FAA, Ron spent eight years on active duty in the Air Force, spending three years as an air traffic controller and five before that as an administrative specialist. He retired from active duty in 1990 and joined the FAA soon after. However, Ron decided to re-enlist himself in the Air Force Reserves after his daughter, Amanda, enlisted in the Air Force in the fall of 2010.
Amanda, 19, is an airborne surveillance technician for the Airborne Warning and Control System and has been stationed for over a year at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City. Matthew, 22, enlisted in July and is training to be an airborne cryptologic linguist, intercepting code in Pashtu, which is spoken heavily in Afghanistan.
Besides raising two children who have taken the oath to protect this country, Ron lives in the Bay Area and has directed planes above the region’s skies throughout his civilian career. He has been at NorCal TRACON since 2002. Prior to his work at the TRACON, Ron was at Bay Approach from 1996 to 2002, and got his start in 1990 as a controller at San Francisco International Airport.