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Farmer cultivates success, earns ACE student award

SSgt Caleb Farmer aces aircraft fuel systems course

Colfax, Washington-native Staff Sgt. Caleb Farmer inspects the inside of a mock KC-135 Stratotanker fuel cell at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 6, 2018. Farmer graduated from the 361st Training Squadron's aircraft fuel systems apprentice course with a perfect score, earning him the ACE student award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine Remillard)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – An eight-year Air Force veteran completed the 36-day aircraft fuel systems course at Sheppard AFB in perfect form when he graduated from the program after earning 100-percent scores on each of his exams.

Staff Sgt. Caleb Farmer, an aircraft fuel systems apprentice with the 446th Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, graduated from the 361st Training Squadron’s course Sept. 7, 2018. He hails from Colfax, Washington.

Farmer and other airmen in the 36-day course learned about basic maintenance fundamentals, aircraft fuel systems operations, fuel tank entry, fuel cell familiarization and integral fuel tank familiarization. Aircraft fuel systems Airmen are required to climb inside fuel cells to inspect and detect issues with the bladders as well as perform installation and removal procedures.

Rank and name: Staff Sgt. Caleb Farmer

Unit: 446th Maintenance Squadron, 446th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Duty title: Aircraft fuel systems apprentice

Hometown: Colfax, Washington

Time in Service: 8 years

Why you joined the Air Force: Education

Family: Wife, Tiffany; children, Logan and Connor

Hobbies: Working on cars, blacksmithing, hiking, camping

Favorite aspect of job: Constant change.

Most memorable Air Force experience: Being stationed in Europe and able to travel to different countries there.

How do you make responsible choices: By looking at the big picture and using core values.

Instructor comment:

“He was a mentor to all his classmates. Staff Sgt. Farmer showed through his performance and mentorship exactly how to be a leader.” – Scott Lockhart, 361st Training Squadron aircraft fuel systems instructor