Salutes & Awards

April 25, 2014

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Aja’ Simpson
61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Scheduler

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Hometown: Douglasville, Ga.

Years in service: one

Family: Father, David Simpson; mom, Tracey Simpson; and brothers, Terrell and Michael Simpson

Inspirations: My parents

Goals: To go to Japan, get 90 percent or higher on my physical training test and someday have a family

Greatest feat: Being voted most valuable player on my high school basketball team

Famous last words: “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall

Off-duty interests: Watching anime, writing poetry and drawing

Commander’s comments: “Airman Simpson is a dedicated scheduler,” said Maj. Melinda Santos-Hughes, 56th Maintenance Group maintenance operations officer. “She was hand-selected to work as the F-35 Lightning II maintenance scheduler and work through the challenges of a new mission design series. She has taken time to learn autonomic logistics information system and how to extract what is required to get her job accomplished. The 61st AMU’s leadership praises her work. Not only is she standing up a new program, but we continue to reach back and ask her to help with the 309th AMU, which she does with ease. She is truly a team player.”




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