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Instructor of the Week: TSgt. Carey

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Tech. Sgt. Clarence Carey, 363rd Training Squadron special missions armament instructor and native of Washington, D.C., has been in the Air Force for 15 years and 10 months and is the Instructor of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Dec. 13-19, 2016.


Most significant accomplishments:


“I won Honor Guardsmen of the year while stationed in Japan in 2003,” Carey said. “I have also played overseas football where I won a championship and was selected as an All-Star where the All-Star game was played in Guam. In 2013, while stationed in Florida I played semi-pro football also receiving All-Star status while leading the team in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns.”


“I am a third year Texas Association of Sports referee,” Carey continued. “I referee high school football and won the rookie of the year honors in 2014 and have been selected to referee serveral high school playoff games. The most notable to me was the opportunity to referee the state semifinal football game.”


Airman’s story:


“I was originally born in Washington, D.C., yet grew up some and graduated in North Carolina,” Carey said. “Those two mixes created my hardcore love of the Washington Redskins and the Duke Blue Devils.”


“My military career has been fun and I have traveled many places,” Carey said. “I honestly enjoy every place I have gone and enjoy it for what it is. Sheppard has been a great assignment that I would not have volunteered for on my own. I actually enjoy teaching and seeing a student come to me with zero knowledge about my job and I breakthrough to get them to understand. I believe the most rewarding ones are those that do not automatically catch on and you have to take a different approach. When that light comes on it is the best feeling.”


Supervisor comments:


“Technical Sergeant Carey brings a level of special missions armament experience to the schoolhouse that has not been seen in more than 10 years,” said Master Sgt. Cameron Sogge, aircraft armament assistant flight chief. “He has made it his personal goal to make every single part of the special missions armament course better than when he arrived. This is visible in the countless hours above and beyond the standard duty day that he puts into course rewrites, system and component upgrades, even doing voluntary physical training with the students past his duty hours. His vast system knowledge and field experience is visible to anyone he teaches as he incorporates that into each lesson. He is a man of exceptional professionalism and it is my privilege to be able to work with a man of such high character.”