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Weasel of the Week | Staff Sergeant Jamie Gray

A photo of Staff Sergeant Gray, posing in the MOC.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Gray, 20th Maintenance Group maintenance operation center controller, stands for a photo at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina, July 1, 2021. Gray was named Weasel of the Week, which recognizes Shaw AFB members and asks them to share their experiences, Air Force spirit and personalities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Isaac Nicholson)

A group photo of the MOC team.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jamie Gray, 20th Maintenance Group maintenance operation center controller, is recognized as this week’s Weasel of the Week (WOW) at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina, July 1, 2021. WOW recognizes Shaw AFB members and asks them to share their experiences, Air Force spirit and personalities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Isaac Nicholson)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --

The Weasel of the Week series asks Team Shaw to share their experiences, Air Force spirit and personalities. We sat down with Staff Sgt. Jamie Gray, 20th Maintenance Group maintenance operation center controller, to get to know her and her job. Gray is responsible for tracking 20th fighter wing aircraft, maintenance status changes and coordinating and executing wing plans at a moment’s notice. She plans on working towards earning the rank of Technical Sergeant.

Where are you from?
I’m from Scurry, Texas.

Why did you decide to join the Air Force?
I have always wanted to serve. I’ve always looked up to people in the military.

How long have you been at Shaw?
I have been at Shaw for around two and a half years.

What is one Air Force resource you found that is incredibly beneficial?
When I was overseas, I used Information Tickets and Travel trips all the time. They were awesome.

What is your favorite part of South Carolina?
I like the feeling of being here in a small town. It reminds me of home.

What is your favorite part of your hometown?
My hometown donut shop. Miss Kim owns it, she’s the nicest lady in the world. Every time I go home, I go there just to talk to her and get a couple of donuts.

How would you describe a normal day for you?
It can be busy but it’s pretty entertaining. I enjoy listening to the radio and knowing everything that’s going on.

What is one word that describes how you lead?
Caring. I’ve always done my best to do what I can for the people underneath me.

What is your favorite sport?
I enjoy snowboarding. I’ve been snowboarding since I went to Korea in 2015.

What is one thing you wish people knew about your job?
I wish people knew how busy we are. It can get pretty hectic having people talking on both sides of the phone. We want to make sure that we get out the right information and that everything is accurate.

What is your least favorite part of your job? How do you make sure it gets done?
Production meetings. I do not like coming into work and then immediately having to do slides for the production meeting. I like having time to settle into a job.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Organizing, I love organizing. It makes me happy contributing to a product and seeing it through to the end.
 

What would you like to say to the people back home?
I couldn’t have done it without them. I have struggled throughout my military career and every step of the way they have been there.