SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --
The Weasel of the Week series asks Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, heroes, experts, and all-around great Airmen to share their likes, dislikes, Air Force spirit and personalities. We sat down with Senior Airman Zachary Newslow, 55th Fighter Generation Squadron support staff team member, to get to know him.
Please explain your career field and job.
I’m a crew chief by trade, however I’m working in the support section of the 55th FGS. In support we issue out, inspect, and fix all of the tools required to launch recover and fix aircraft.
How do you affect the wing’s mission capabilities?
By making sure the flightline has the tools they need to launch, recover and fix aircraft.
What inspires you to strive and excel at your job?
My family inspires me to strive and excel at my job; my dad and one of my uncles were in the marines and my grandfather was in the Air Force, and wanting to make them proud gives me inspiration and motivation.
What advice do you have for people coming into your career field?
One piece of advice I have for people coming into be a crew chief is, ask questions and strive to excel at the basics.
What is your proudest moment since you arrived here?
My proudest moment since arriving at Shaw has been fixing over 100 hard drives that had a virus problem.
How do you define success and how does this definition of success help you succeed in your career field?
I define success as completing a set goal, or surpassing previously made assumptions of how something will go. My definition of success helps me succeed in my career field by making sure I strive to get the job done quickly and effectively.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself hopefully through Officer Training School and pilot training, and flying with the 555th Fighter Squadron in Aviano Air Base, Italy.
What is one thing you wish people knew about your job?
I wish people knew how much work actually goes into making sorties happen every day.
What impact have you made in your career field and at this base?
For my career field at my last base, I revamped the process of washing aircraft and cut time from roughly seven hours down to three hours. Here at Shaw, I have fixed tools and equipment, made a simple way to track consumable items used on a daily basis, and I’ve stepped up and taken a position as shift lead due to a short fall in our manning of noncommissioned officers.