Military Career

USAF Career

Basic Training - 1988

Basic Training – 1988

This section is dedicated to sharing my military career in the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1988 to 1998.

Every enlisted member of the armed services (no matter which branch they served) has either sworn or affirmed The Oath of Enlistment. Before each of my enlistments (3 in all) I swore this oath repeating it after one of the commissioned officers who was in my chain of command.

“I, Michael Erickson, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

My Job

maintbadgeThe USAF has something called an AFSC (Air Force Specialty Code) that identifies the job each member has been trained to perform. During my career, my AFSC change a couple times but I was trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (crew chief). I believe the code is now 2A5XX which is Aerospace Maintenance.

Duties & Responsibilities

Advises on problems maintaining, servicing, and inspecting aircraft and aerospace SE. Uses technical data to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on aircraft systems.

Interprets and advises on maintenance procedures and policies to repair aircraft and SE.

Troubleshoots and maintains aircraft structures, systems, components, and SE. Tests repaired components using mock-ups and test equipment. Adjusts, aligns, rigs, and calibrates aircraft systems. Performs engine run-up.

Accomplishes weight and balance functions. Jacks, tows, and services aircraft.

Inspects aircraft structures, systems, components, and SE. Supervises and performs aircraft and component inspections. Interprets inspection findings and determines adequacy of corrective actions. Inspects and checks components for clearances, tolerances, proper installation, and operation. Inspects and operates powered and non-powered aerospace ground equipment. Inspects and identifies aircraft corrosion for prevention and correction. Reviews maintenance forms, aircraft records, and reports to ensure complete documentation. Inventories and maintains alternate mission equipment.

Performs production supervisor, flight chief, expediter, crew chief, aero repair, support, and maintenance functions.

Coordinates maintenance plans to meet operational commitments. Supervises and assists in launching and recovering aircraft. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends and production effectiveness. Performs crash recovery duties. Performs staff and supervisory management functions.

Duty Stations

RAF Woodbridge, UK (1988-1992)

After Basic Military Training and several technical training schools in 1988, I was stationed at Royal Air Force (RAF) Woodbridge, United Kingdom.

More to come.

Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ (1992-1998)

Instructor Application - 1995

Instructor Application – 1995

After nearly four years at RAF Woodbridge I was stationed at Davis-Monthan (DM) Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ.

More to come.

Temporary Duty (TDY)

Here is an (incomplete) alphabetical list of TDY locations I have been to for various purposes and lengths of time.

  • Ramstein AB, Germany
  • Rhine Mein AB, Germany
  • Keflavik NAS, Iceland
  • Aviano AB, Italy
  • Brindisi, Italy
  • Pisa, Italy
  • Incirlik, Turkey
  • More to come

Ribbons & Medals

Here are the ribbons and medals I was awarded over my career:

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