Airman Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Jacob Cumbo

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon

Staff Sgt. Jacob Cumbo, 812th Civil Engineering Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, is assisted with donning a bomb suit.

Unit:  812th Civil Engineering Squadron

Job title:  Explosive Ordnance Disposal Journeyman

Job description and its impact on the overall mission:  We do a variety of response and sustainment missions.  Anything from responding to possible UXOs or IEDs, supporting the flying mission by responding to unsafe ordnance situations and supporting the test mission by disposing of test explosive compounds

Time in the military: Nine years

Time at Edwards AFB: 1.5 years

Family: Wife, Morgan

Hometown:  Clintwood, Va.

Hobbies:  Hunting, fishing, riding ATV’s, shooting

Why did you join the military?  There is nothing to do back home but work in the coal mines and I wanted something better than that.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years?  Retired from the military, living off the grid somewhere with my wife and a few hunting dogs

What do you do for fun here?  Ride my ATV

What accomplishments are you most proud of?  Graduating NAVSCOLEOD and getting to work in the best career field in the Air Force

Who is your role model?  Jesus.

How does your job help support the test and evaluation mission here at Edwards?
My job supports multiple platforms that enable flight test data management. It also provides communication support to the entire test wing and Air Force Test Center.

What is your dream job and why?  I have my dream job right now – I get paid to blow stuff up!

What do you like most about Edwards? The [off highway vehicle] trails

If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?  A new truck.

What distinguishes Staff Sgt. Cumbo from his peers?
Staff Sgt. Cumbo is an outstanding NCO who leads by example with hard work and dedication, as well as through excellent communication skills. During vigorous upgrade training to become a team lead, Staff Sgt.Cumbo ran the EOD Equipment/Supply Section flawlessly.  His leadership of the young Airmen in the shop has been paramount to the improvement and success that 812 CES/CEXD has had since his arrival.  He puts the needs of the Air Force and others ahead of his own on and off duty.”
– Tech. Sgt. Shannon Walline, supervisor