AFM position brings Lakenheath announcer closer to his dream
RAF LAKENHEATH — Al Michaels better watch out; Staff Sgt. Michael Falvo is hot on his trail.
Falvo is a 28-year-old New York native who wants to be a professional sports announcer.
“I would like to work for ABC, NBC, ESPN or any one of the networks,” said Falvo, with the 48th Munitions Squadron at RAF Lakenheath. “My dream job is to work for the New York Yankees or Pittsburgh Steelers. I moved to Pennsylvania when I was in high school and just fell in love with the team.”
Working toward that goal, he has been the play-by-play announcer at Lakenheath High School sporting events for several seasons. Falvo has been calling the action from the sideline for roughly 10 years, including a few years at his high school.
“It’s been a great experience, especially here in England,” he said. “The parents and the students here at Lakenheath have made it a lot of fun. They have been great to work with.”
Lakenheath High School athletic director Jack Galloway heaped praise on Falvo.
“He’s been excellent for us here,” Galloway said. “I have no doubt that he can go on and do what he does for us here as a living, he’s that good.”
Judging by Falvo’s new assignment, Galloway’s statement may well prove prescient.
He recently was accepted to work for American Forces Network.
“I feel very lucky,” he said. “I get home and look through my pockets for the horseshoe.”
Soon he and his wife, Heather, who works at Lakenheath Middle School, will depart for Maryland, where Falvo will attend school at Fort Meade. There, he will be trained in directing, producing, editing and camera operation.
Then they will head to the Azores, an island owned by Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean where the U.S. Air Force maintains a base.
It’s an island paradise, but Falvo said he and his wife prefer living in England.
“This is definitely the kind of place that I could settle down in once I get out of the military,” he said. “We both love it here. The people here are great.”
For now, however, Falvo is content to continue his career in the Air Force until he earns a bachelor’s degree.
“After that, I don’t know,” he said. “Right now, the Air Force has been great to us and we are looking forward to this new assignment.”