Iakopo has been an active Guard and Reserve recruiter with the Air Force Reserve Command since 2008 and was a traditional Reservist in the air transportation career field for seven years prior to becoming an AGR.
Throughout his 13-year Air Force career, Iakopo has always been active, both physically and mentally.
After a PT test, the front of my shirt would be covered in blood because of the malfunctioning mitral valve," Iakopo said.
Shortly after the diagnosis, Iakopo underwent open heart surgery to clean up the valve.
At each visit, Iakopo underwent a procedure called cardioversion, which is when a patient is placed under anesthesia and doctors deliver an electrical shock to the chest to reset the heart's rhythm to normal.