January Spotlight Performer

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  • 445th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Rank/Name: Senior Airman Austin Willoughby

Unit: 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Duty Title: Vehicle Maintainer. I work on fire trucks and refueler trucks on the flightline.

Hometown: Lancaster, Kentucky

Civilian Job: I am a diesel technician for Blue Tank and Pump where I do a little bit of everything from working on small gasoline generator motors to working on ISX15 Cummins motors in big 18 wheelers.

Education: I graduated from Garrard County High School in 2020. I have taken some college courses and have some credits. I have also taken a handful of different mechanic classes including Thompson Pump certification through Thompson Pump’s Pumpology School, and turbos and superchargers, Ford charging systems and Ford chassis systems through Indiana Wesleyan University.

Hobbies: I do a little bit of everything as far as hobbies but I love the outdoors. Camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking and even cooking. I love getting out. I’m definitely not a home body.

Career Goal: I really see myself becoming more in charge of the fleet at Blue Tank at my civilian job and becoming a fleet manager. A fleet manager is someone who takes care of all the vehicles coming in and out, the specifics of the vehicles and the parts used with every work order.

What do you like about working at the 445th? Working with the 445th is an absolute blast. There is not a better group of people to work with, not just in my career field as a vehicle maintainer, but the LRS squadron itself. Members will help you in any way possible. There are so many different career fields in the same building and they all keep the military moving.

Why did you join the Air Force? I had absolutely no clue what I was going to do. The Air Force was just an idea on the back burner. I signed my name and got on the career ready list in high school so I could graduate. Now 3 years later, here I am.