Former Air Force maintenance managers share their leadership and time management skills

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“It’s rewarding to learn from past experiences and help others learn from your successes and mistakes,” he said. “That’s being a leader.”

With the demand placed on the maintenance skills of Airmen, it is crucial that leaders can manage maintenance activities and rely on their personnel to lead from the front.

Technology. sergeant. Bradley Fryman, 445th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communications and navigation technician, sets up systems equipment aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft July 9. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/MASTER SGT. PATRICK O’REILLY

Technology. sergeant. Bradley Fryman, 445th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron communications and navigation technician, sets up systems equipment aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft July 9. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/MASTER SGT. PATRICK O’REILLY

Davis believes the small-team leadership skills that were his focus in the Army contribute to his current vision for the Air Force.

“I like doing hands-on work and being involved in the process, and I like working in small teams and building relationships with the Airmen I work with,” he said. “I really appreciate the professionalism of the Air Force at all levels. People took me under their wing and now I have the opportunity to take young Airmen under my wing and pay it forward by sharing my experiences with them.

Maintenance Responsibilities Airmen are an integral part of the Wing’s mission. From inspecting and troubleshooting equipment to hands-on repairs and maintaining proper standards, these professionals ensure the 445th aircraft is always ready to fly. Having maintenance Airmen with experience in other branches boosts the Air Force, the wing leaders said.

Another important skill that airmen learn and practice daily is time management. Different branches operate in a way that can provide unique challenges and inform how Airmen with this prior experience tackle daily Air Force operations.

“Some of the most important skills that are needed in today’s environment are time management and the ability to prioritize activities,” Tech said. sergeant. Bradley Fryman, a communications and navigation technician with 445 AMXS and former Navy maintainer. “What we do requires us to manage stress and meet and hopefully exceed expectations. How we view leadership plays a huge role in the success of our maintenance activities.”

Fryman believes his experience working on aircraft aboard aircraft carriers helped develop his leadership skills and gave him a passion for problem solving. He sees good leadership as a means to accomplishing the mission and preparing young Airmen for success.

“How we perceive leadership is key to not getting bogged down in problems and finding solutions instead,” he said. “It was a great choice to come here to the 445th, and I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the opportunities I’ve had to bring that experience to the table. I feel like my transition from the Navy to the Air Force has allowed me to transfer skills and knowledge to what we do here in a way they otherwise wouldn’t.

The valuable contributions made to the Air Force by former serving Airmen from other branches are substantiated by unit leadership. Senior Staff Sgt. Gerald Sandoval, 445 AMXS Aircraft Maintenance Unit Flight Leader, sees these Airmen and their experiences as positive additions to the squadron.

“What I noticed immediately from Staff Sgt. Davis and Tech Sgt. Fryman was how they used some of their culture and skills learned as an infantry soldier army and navy aviation technician,” Sandoval said. “They have definitely been noticed by their teammates, as well as supervisors, as excellent young leaders and go-to technicians who will be sure to lead to mission well while always looking out for the safety and well-being of the members around them.”

Airmen like Davis and Fryman who have served in other branches demonstrate that prior experience is important, not only technically for the jobs they currently perform, but also in the way they approach people, leadership and the Air Force culture of knowledge and problem-solving, he added. This relationship between currently serving in the Air Force and bringing experience from prior service highlights that diverse Airmen with diverse backgrounds make the Air Force stronger.

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