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445th Airlift Wing October 2021 Spotlight Performer

Senior Master Sgt. James (Jimmy) Lide, 445th Airlift Wing Safety Office occupational safety manager, is the 445th Airlift Wing October Spotlight Performer.

Senior Master Sgt. James (Jimmy) Lide, 445th Airlift Wing Safety Office occupational safety manager, is the 445th Airlift Wing October Spotlight Performer.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

Rank/Name: Senior Master Sgt. James (Jimmy) Lide

Unit: 445th Airlift Wing

Duty Title: Occupational Safety Manager

Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama

Civilian Job: Air Reserve Technician

Education: Master’s degree in public administration; bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Valdosta State University, Georgia

Hobbies: Hunting, camping, coaching middle school football, helping kids raise 4-H animals

Career Goal: Achieve the rank of chief master sergeant and continue to improve the safety culture of the 445th Airlift Wing.

What you like about working at the 445th?: The family-like atmosphere that the members of the unit provide and the guidance I receive from leadership.

Why did you join the Air Force?: After completing 8 1/2 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy on submarines, I left military service and became a police officer. After some time away from the military, I decided to join the Reserve. After doing some research, with both the Navy and the Air Force, I decided the Air Force would allow for better opportunities for my career, and it has been a great choice.