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Diamond Sharp Airmen: Ferocious flyer
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Sprott, 20th Special Operations Squadron flight engineer, stands in front of a CV-22 Osprey on the flightline at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 6, 2012. Sprott was awarded December Diamond Sharp, which is a monthly program that recognizes Airmen for their hard work and achievements. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal)
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Diamond Sharp Airmen: Ferocious flyer

Posted 12/13/2012   Updated 12/13/2012 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

12/13/2012 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.  -- *This feature is the eighth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where Airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their hard work and achievements.

It is a highly coveted, critically-manned career field that calls Airmen with mechanical and mathematical predisposition to the forefront.

Working knowledge of hydraulics, navigation, flight theory, schematics and aircraft emergency procedures are just a few requirements prospective Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., need if they hope to qualify for retraining as flight engineers.

"I began my Air Force career as a maintainer on C-130s at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.," said Staff Sgt. Jason Sprott, 20th Special Operations Squadron flight engineer. "I hit a point in my career where I was ready for a new challenge and that's when I made the change from maintainer to flyer."

Sprott, originally from Sierra Vista, Ariz., has spent the past seven years serving in the military. His passion for working with aircraft and commitment to the wing's mission allow him to excel in his career.

The staff sergeant deals with two distinct aspects shared within his career field. When flying "tail", Sprott is charged with the aircraft's weapon system, oversight of cargo and safety of passengers. If in the "seat", Sprott manages the flight mission and assists with the aircraft's overall performance.

"What I love most about my new career is seeing the bigger picture of our mission," Sprott added. "I really enjoy the tight-knit community we share here and I'm proud to work among so many others who share the same warrior mindset."

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