Air Force

March 14, 2013

An AGE old family tradition

Tags:
Senior Airman Camilla Griffin
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin)
Staff Sgt. Mathew Stewart, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, troubleshoots a generator here March 8. Sergeant Stewart has been an AGE mechanic for more than seven years.

Staff Sgt. Mathew Stewart, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, has a unique family history with the Air Force. Every member in his immediate family has been an enlisted Airman in our great Air Force. What makes his family history even more interesting is the fact that every one of them has served in the Aerospace Ground Equipment career field.

Sergeant Stewart has been in the Air Force for about seven and a half years. He joined knowing exactly what he was going to do.

Mathew’s parents and little brother have been and are AGE craftsmen.

Stewart’s parents met on the job at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., their first duty station.

“My parents met at their first duty station, which was Eglin Air Force Base, back in the 80’s,” said Stewart. “My mom joined in 1988 and my dad joined in 1987.”

Mathew can’t seem to escape his family’s AGE ties, not that he wants to. But every assignment he has had, he has met or worked with someone who worked with one or both his parents.

One of Mathew’s tech school instructors used to work with his mother, and his current flight chief used to work with his father.

“I try to stay away from the flight chief as much as possible,” Stewart said jokingly, when asked if his flight chief gives him grief about working with his father in the past.

Mathew’s father, Tech Sgt. Michael Stewart, was in the AGE career field for 10 years before crosstraining into finance.

Mathew’s mother, Staff Sgt. Dawn Stewart-Schmidt, was in the AGE career field for six years before crosstraining into intelligence.

“Mandatory crosstraining came down and he got ahead of the curve and crosstrained before the Air Force limited the list of jobs available,” said Stewart. “My mother crosstrained into intelligence.

At this point in time I do not intend to crosstrain,” said Stewart. “My favorite aspect of being an AGE mechanic is doing something I am truly interested in and truly love.”

Mathew’s brother Airman Basic Eric Stewart, entered the Air Force in the open mechanical career field and was given a slot in the AGE career field during Basic Military Training.

AGE provides crew chiefs with equipment to service and fix aircraft. For every hour a plane spends in the air, it spends dozens of hours on the ground being maintained and prepped. Those in the AGE career field are responsible for maintaining the equipment that supplies electricity, as well as hydraulic pressure and air pressure, as planes receive maintenance and prepare for flight. Without AGE, our planes would be nothing more than paperweights said Stewart.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This was also the first time I...
 
 

Enlisted evaluation and promotion systems implementation timeline

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In July, the chief of staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force announced a series of incremental changes to the Enlisted Evaluation and Weighted Airman Promotion Systems scheduled for implementation from August 2014 through January 2017. The evaluation and promotion systems changes are slated for implementation in a phased manner...
 
 
AFBirthday

67 plus years of airpower

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — What does the Air Force want for its 67th birthday; new state of the art fighter jets, more unmanned aircraft, new maintenance facilities or how about additional satellites to launch in...
 

 

Tuition assistance program changes Oct. 1

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Effective Oct. 1, new changes will go into effect that impact the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program. Personnel using the TA program will now be required to pass all undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or higher. A grade of “D” will be considered a failing grade and...
 
 

Air Force revamps AEF

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a...
 
 

Air Force reveals newest recruiting campaign

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — The U.S. Air Force is bringing back its “Aim High” advertising slogan after a 15-year hiatus with the launch of the “I am an American Airman” recruiting campaign today. The integrated campaign, created by the Air Force’s advertising agency, GSD&M, includes three commercial spots as well as new video...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin