SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
First Lt. Adrian Savage might not have known much about being a maintainer before she entered the aircraft maintenance officer’s course at Sheppard Air Force Base, but that didn’t keep her from excelling in the 14-week class as she was awarded the ACE award during a graduation Dec. 19.
The ACE is awarded to students who achieve perfect scores in all blocks of instruction.
Savage said the course was challenging because of the denseness of the training and foreign concepts she and her classmates had learned. While working with others can have its own sets of challenges, she said her class made the overall experience less challenging.
Now she’s ready to put the lessons learned at Sheppard to use at the 305th Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
“I like the challenge,” she said. “It seems like once you’re out in the field, there’s a lot of almost puzzles that you’re solving. A lot of different problems to solve. I like being able to throw your mind against that sort of thing and trying to figure new things out.”
Savage is a native of Cache Valley, Utah, and has been in the Air Force two years and eight months.