Salutes & Awards

June 27, 2014

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Staff Sgt. Jay-Paul Gaubault
61st Aircraft Maintenance
Support section technician

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Hometown: Germantown, Maryland

Years in service: Seven

Family: Spouse, Staff Sgt. Charlene Gaubault; daughters, Taliyah, 5, and Jayda, 1

Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aircraft maintenance technology

Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Kunsan Air Base, South Korea; and Kadena AB, Japan

Goals: To own a house before age 30 and be reunited with my wife

Greatest feat: Being on the team that is standing up Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35 Lightning II aircraft maintenance unit.

Self-description: Motivated, dedicated but most of all, no nonsense

Famous last words: “Get it done!”

Off-duty interests: Avid sneaker collector, which I’ve found to be an expensive hobby

Commander’s comments: Lt Col Mitchell—
“Staff sergeant Gaubault is a talented and motivated NCO who is willing to go the extra mile to get the job done,” said Lt. Col. Jason Mitchell, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “We gave him the daunting task of setting up our support section from scratch. His dedication and performance enabled his AMU to begin flight operations in an unprecedented six days.”




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