From Helicopter Maintenance to Entrepreneurship: Leveraging My Skills Learned in the US Air Force

As a former 2A5X2 Helicopter/Tiltrotor Aircraft Maintenance specialist in the US Air Force, I have learned valuable skills that have not only helped me in my military career, but also in my entrepreneurial journey. My days in basic training and advanced skills training taught me discipline, attention to detail, and the importance of working as a team to achieve a common goal. These skills have helped me to become a successful entrepreneur, and I want to share my story with others who may be interested in taking their military skills and applying them to a new venture.

My advanced skills training in the US Air Force taught me the importance of aircraft maintenance and how to perform it efficiently and effectively. I was trained on how to diagnose and repair faults in the helicopter's engine, transmission, hydraulic system, and electrical system. This knowledge and experience has been invaluable in my entrepreneurial journey, as I have been able to apply these skills to a variety of business ventures.

One example of how I have leveraged my military skills in entrepreneurship is by starting my own aircraft maintenance company. I used my knowledge and experience in aircraft maintenance to provide high-quality services to my clients, and my business quickly grew. I have also used my skills to provide consultation services to other aviation companies, helping them to improve their maintenance processes and procedures.

Here are the top 5 skills I received in my job in the US Air Force that I have used in being an entrepreneur:

  1. Attention to Detail: My training in the Air Force taught me to pay close attention to details, and this has helped me to be meticulous in my work and make sure that every aspect of my business is handled properly.

  2. Teamwork: Working in the Air Force, I learned the importance of working together as a team to achieve a common goal. This skill has helped me in my entrepreneurial journey, as I have been able to build strong relationships with my employees and partners to achieve success.

  3. Problem-Solving: In my job as a helicopter maintenance specialist, I was trained to diagnose and solve problems quickly and effectively. This has helped me to be a better problem solver in my business ventures, allowing me to make quick decisions and find solutions to any challenges that arise.

  4. Leadership: In the Air Force, I learned how to lead by example and how to take charge when needed. This has helped me to be a confident and effective leader in my business, inspiring my employees and partners to work together towards a common goal.

  5. Discipline: My training in the Air Force taught me discipline and the importance of staying focused and committed to my goals. This has helped me to be a disciplined entrepreneur, staying focused on my goals and working hard to achieve them.

In conclusion, I highly recommend that veterans take advantage of the skills they learned in the military and apply them to entrepreneurship. The military provides a unique training and experience that can be leveraged in many different business ventures. I am proud to have served in the US Air Force and I am grateful for the skills and experience that I have gained.

I encourage all veterans to sign up with Veterans First Watch, an organization that helps veterans to succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures. This organization provides resources, support, and mentorship to help veterans achieve success in their new businesses. I am proud to be a member of Veterans First Watch and I am thrilled to have found success in my new business.