Wild Weasel of the Week: Staff Sgt. Jesse Simmons

Each week a member of the 35th Fighter Wing is selected as the Wild Weasel of the Week. This individual is recognized based on superior performance, outstanding work ethic, and overall good conduct and discipline.

The 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron chose Staff Sgt. Jesse Simmons, specialist expediter, as their Wild Weasel of the Week.

What is your daily mission? 
To manage the workflow of avionics, propulsion and electrical and environmental Air Forces specialty codes in order to maintain a mission ready fleet of aircraft while supporting daily flying operations.

What do you enjoy about your job? 
I enjoy getting to work with a variety of people, who keep the day to day operations interesting while working hard.  Even in the worst of times, they still find something to laugh about.

Why did you choose to serve in the Air Force? 
My wife joined the Air Force and instead of following her from base to base and trying to find a job, I decided to join the adventure.

What is your favorite thing about living in Japan? 
The numerous outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. 

Who has been your best mentor and what have they taught you?
My mentor would have to be Tech. Sgt. James DiNardo. As a technician, he always knew how to figure out what was wrong with aircraft and passed that knowledge down to myself and others. As an expediter, he taught me how to manage the workload while taking care of my people.

How long have you been stationed at Misawa? 
Three years, seven months

How long have you been in the Air Force? 
Eight years

What goals do you want to meet while at Misawa? 
My time at Misawa is coming to an end, so the main goal I have left is to sew on technical sergeant before I PCS.

What goals do you want to meet during your Air Force career? 
While I would like to attain the rank of chief master sergeant before my career ends, the only goal I have is to make a difference.

Supervisor's comments:
"Staff Sgt. Simmons is consistently a top performer.  He is one of those go-to guys we turn to when we need things done or need technical advice related to the avionics systems on the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He leads a shift of 13 personnel consisting of three different Air Force specialty codes.  He is the conductor of an orchestra for the many moving pieces required to fly F-16s to train our pilots in preparation for worldwide deployment.  His leadership is integral to the successful implementation of the Wild Weasel mission we support on a daily basis." -Master Sgt. Brandon Holley, 35th AMXS specialist section chief