Tech. Sgt. Dwight Parrish Jr.
56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
F-35 Structural Maintenance Craftsman
Hometown: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Years in service: 14
Family: Wife and four (five by Dec. 19) children
Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force through Rio Salado College
Previous assignments: Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Inspirations: My father, Dwight Parrish Sr.
Goals: Attain a bachelor’s degree in business
Greatest feat: Raising soon-to-be five wonderful kids with my wife, Jennifer
Self-description: Mission and personnel-minded
Famous last words: “We’ll make it work.”
Off-duty interests: Bowling, fishing and wood working
Commander’s comments: “Sergeant Parrish has helped our unit to make a pretty significant leap forward in the way we maintain F-35s,” said Lt. Col. Scott Hall, 56th EMS commander. “Up to this point, stab restorations were a major maintenance driver that could keep an aircraft grounded for up to five days. Parrish led five low observable technicians in the completion of an F-35 horizontal stab restoration and slashed the completion time by 88 hours taking the previous repair timeline from 168 hours to 80.”