HomeNews

News Search

Airman follows in family footsteps

Airman 1st Class Joshua Williams performs a service inspection on aircraft generation equipment, Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., September 12 2013.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. -- Airman 1st Class Joshua Williams performs a service inspection on aircraft generation equipment, Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., September 12 2013. Williams is the most junior member of the 157th Maintenance Squadron's AGE shop. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. -- Airman 1st Class Joshua R. Williams is the most junior member of the 157th Maintenance Squadron's Aerospace Ground Equipment shop, or AGE. He enlisted in the New Hampshire Air National Guard in June 2012 and trained in student flight for six months before attending basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

"I joined to better help the community and serve my country and make a difference," said Williams. "I feel like I took the next step by enlisting. Most people my age are either scared to or just don't consider it as an option."

Williams is 21 years old and resides in nearby Rochester, N.H. His brother, Ronald Williams, Jr., is also a crew chief in the organization. His father, Ronald Williams, Sr. retired as a staff sergeant from the U.S. Air Force in the early 1990s after 21 years of service. The elder Williams ended his career in the AGE shop.

The youngest Williams chose AGE because he wanted to better understand what his father did while in the Air Force as well as learn skills that would transfer to a civilian occupation.

The AGE shop consists of 15 diverse statused personnel: eight full time members -- five of which are technicians, one active-guard-reserve, and two active-duty Airmen from the 64th Air Refueling Squadron. The remaining seven members are traditional members of the wing, including Williams.

The mission of the AGE shop is to repair aircraft support equipment which includes, but not limited to power carts, stands, hydraulic mules, heaters, air conditioners, generators, jacks and compressors.

"AGE is a good environment to work in. Everyone in the shop is very nice and easy going. If you have a question, they'll answer it. They want each and every one of us to succeed. It's more like a family here," said Williams.

When asked if he makes a difference, Williams reply was clear; "If we can't repair the ground equipment, then they can't work on the planes. So we're specifically needed for the mission for the planes to be ready to go. The mission would fail if we didn't do our jobs."


USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.