Officer, Operations Officer, Commander discussed on Airplane Geeks Podcast
But usually when I say that I say, it's not a flying club res-. You certainly have to do your part. But but the flying is good, and it can be actually quite challenging. So if if someone who's a pilot or looking to build some hours in maybe, you know, personally provide this kind of service to others to the community and so forth. What type of a time commitment does it usually entail? So that's kind of up to the member. If you wanted to come in and just fly takes a couple of months to get used to air force flying or air force style flying flying somebody else's airplane. And and you're playing it for various Pacific purpose. So it takes a couple of months just to get used to the flying and sort of in return, you may take on a role in your local community organization or community. What we call a unit or a squadron where you may be an operations officer communications officer or go out and work with the cadets and train them on on those things that we were just talking about aerospace education. So really it's anywhere from a couple of hours a week to you know, I think at my high point as as a unit commander, I was probably working ten fifteen hours a week on civil patrol. So I'm onto you know, you give a little. A bit of your your bio a little bit of personal history. You started off in the civil air patrol. And you're now just a recently retired senior Master Sergeant from special operations command. Tell us how that happened in where you went and how that how that all took place. Well, yeah. So the civil air patrol sort of gave me that. That military enthusiasm. We're going to call it that I'm matched up with a family of aviation. My dad was an airline pilot, my brothers and airline pilot. So to came together, I said, well, I'll join the airforce I was a terrible student in high school was not ready to go to college. So I enlisted, and I said that this is a terrible idea for anybody. That's gonna go talk to recruiter. But I just said I want anything that's flying. Never tell a recruiter just put me in whatever you want. But I went right into the air force and became in it and enlisted aircrew what's kind of now, we don't call them about anymore, but it's kind of sensor operator. And and I've had a couple of different jobs in the air force. And man, I'm doing a lot of difference to today, but here, but enlisted aircrew is such an important part of the air force in when you going going back to our our story about the tenant. Colonel cole. The Doolittle raider that passed before him was staff sergeant Richard Thatcher who passed in two thousand six and I believe he was a gunner. So even on those those Doolittle raiders, you had a pilot navigator. But then the rest of the airplane was enlisted you had an engineer gunner radio operator waist, gunner tailgunner all those fields are enlisted aircrew career field. So I kind of navigated the majority of those through my twenty one years a Mondo. That's what I was going to. I got until I got my medical one thirty one thirty loadmaster wasn't going to be officer. But I was going to be flying. You know what? And the rivalry shall always continue as to which end of the of the airplane is the business, right? So. You know? And I think that's something our listeners would like to maybe no more about because when you think about going into the service that you think about aviation, you automatically think officer and a pilot..