I joined the U.S Army in February of 2009. After completing basic training and advanced individual training I reported to my duty station in Ft. Hood Texas. I was assigned as a AH-64 Apache helicopter mechanic in the 1-4 Combat Aviation Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. I was expected to complete minor to major repairs on my assigned aircraft in adequate amount of time without mistakes. To include repairing AH-64D Longbow aircraft in accordance with Army guidelines and policy. Completing numerous 125 hour and 250 hour inspections. Aswell as completing scheduled replacements of gearboxes, rotorhead and blades, engines, and trasmissions. On many occasions I rigged engines, horizontal stabillizers, and flight controls. I was assigned to mainetanace plattoon for two years while serving in the military. During the last six months I was in charge of some maintenace tasks and completed all competantly and in a timley manner to military standard. At no time have I ever been under investigation or received an article 15 for any behavior for any reason. For one year I was assigned to a line company as a crewcheif, learning knowledge as a crecheif and understanding what is looked for during inspections. While being deployed for two months i worked alongside our reset teams helping them reset our aircraft gaining knowledge on how 500 hours phases are ran and what inspections need to be completed.
1. Combat Lifesaver Certification.
2. 15R- Apache mechanic certification.
3. Military Drivers License with Drivers Badge
Required to maintain aircraft within standard set by the FAA and Boeing. Required but limited to replacing failing components inspecting components for quality assurance. Checking oil levels, taking samples and preparing them for transportation to lab facilities where tests would determine airworthiness. As a Crew Chief I was the last person to look at the aircraft before it flew in more times than once making the call if said aircraft was airworthy. I spent one year in Afghanistan as a AH-64 crewchief earning multiple awards and commendations in the course of my deployment. While I was stateside I spent two and a half year as a heavy mechanic, on multiple occasions being given a team of soldiers under me to complete tasks.
Attending Baker College of Owosso to complete my general education requirements.
During this certification in the Army I was required to learn how to be a battlefield first responder. This course teaches a student how to properly stabilize someone after a traumatic injury to include gunshot and stab wounds, head trauma and traumatic amputation of limbs. One of the skills this class taught was to stabilize someone and how to properly position and bandage a patient who is suffering from a collapsed lung due to gunshot or stab trauma. Students were also taught how to give intravenous fluids to patients that are either suffering from severe bleeding or dehydration.
Iattended the Army Prepatory School to attain my GED.
After Basic Combat Training I moved on to Advanced Individual Training, during this course I was required to learn all parts of the aircraft and learn how to properly log all maintenance done to my specific aircraft. Required but not limited to every nut and bolt removed and all major components must have their respective serial numbers recored in the individual aircraft logs.
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