Airman 1st Class Sarah Mehalic
Aviation Resource Management apprentice
461st Flight Test Squadron (F-35 Integrated Test Force)
Job description and its impact on the overall mission: Aviation Resource Management Airmen coordinate flight operations resources, which include scheduling, standardization and evaluation, training, and aircrew flight records. They are gatekeepers who ensure aircrew are qualified, trained and medically cleared to fly missions. Within flying squadrons, they primarily work at the operations desk, which puts them in the key command, control and communication node during flight operations.
Time in the military: 1.5 years.
Time at Edwards AFB: Arrived during the summer of 2014.
Family: Married with a daughter
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, near Kansas City, Mo.
Hobbies: Hiking, camping and the outdoors
Why did you join the military? My family encouraged me through their example of military service.
Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? Caring for others as a registered nurse.
What do you do for fun around here? I enjoy visiting new places around California.
What’s your favorite Air Force memory or story? Technical school.
What accomplishments are you most proud of? Hemo-dialysis technician certification
Who is her role model? Major Rollins
How does your job help support the test and evaluation mission here at Edwards? Without our expertise, the F-35 test pilots would not have the resources necessary to accomplish their missions and ultimately deliver the F-35 to the warfighters.
What is her dream job and why? To become a registered nurse someday so I can utilize my certification and skills in order to care for others.
What does she like most about Edwards? The view and access of the surrounding mountains.
If she won a million dollars, what is the first thing she would buy? A trip to Hawaii for my parents.
What distinguishes A1C Mehalic from her peers?
“Airman 1st Class Mehalic works in an excessively challenging squadron for a [Aviation Resource Management Airmen]. She manages training profiles for joint, civilian, and contractor aircrew who are dual-qualified in the F-16 and all variants of the F-35. She tracks the specialized qualifications associated with these diverse aircraft and missions. Though it would be a challenge even for a seasoned 1C0, she’s learned the task quickly and performs it very well.”
– Tech. Sgt. Maudraguine Mulholland, supervisor