At some point you have seen a movie scene with a crewmember in the back of a helicopter with a personality that could not exactly be defined, yet in an instant cameo appearance, it left an overwhelming impression upon you. There is something about the ones that sit in the back entrusting the two pilots up front with their lives no matter the weather, the mission, night or day. The seasoned flight veterans remain vigilant, cool, calm and collective no matter the environment or risk.In the half-deranged world of a U.S. Army Blackhawk Crewchief, you will gain a deep understanding of what it truly means to be a 15 Tango-a skilled and dedicated individual who lives a life filled with both challenges and rewards.Join Jon Griswold "Griz", a U.S. Army Blackhawk Crewchief, on a captivating journey that takes you behind the scenes of his world as a 15 Tango. Within this gripping narrative, you will experience the creation of brotherhood, with his classmates, the thrill of adventure through combat deployment, and the unexpected drama, and the heartache that comes with the sacrifices made by those who risk it all. Griz and his brothers in arms share a unique bond, united by their commitment to keeping their machines airborne and their fellow soldiers safe.
About the Author:
James Simmons possesses a wealth of expertise. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Technical Management with a minor in Aviation Safety and Master of Science in Management with distinction from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, he actively maintains his Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technician status with Inspection Authorization (IA) privileges.James is deeply involved in the aviation industry and contributes as a volunteer. He currently serves as the Chair of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Workforce Development Working Group and represents the state of Alabama as an FAA Safety Team Representative. His dedication to the industry extends beyond his professional achievements.Utilizing his effective communication skills and extensive experience, James provides guidance and mentorship to aviation maintenance management teams. He excels at strengthening teams and organizations by fostering a vision-oriented approach, encouraging engagement, and promoting successful, quality-driven maintenance execution. Throughout his career, he has achieved notable outcomes, such as reducing preventable maintenance incident rates, improving customer satisfaction, minimizing the cost of poor quality and rework, and implementing Department of Defense trending applications for assessing maintenance performance.James Simmons has faced challenges head-on, overcome obstacles, and consistently displayed a tireless work ethic. He remains devoted to his profession, always striving for excellence and seeking to make a positive impact within the aviation community. As he continues to reach new heights, James remains focused on his goals and aspirations, constantly pushing boundaries and contributing to the advancement of the aerospace industry.
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03:48 Community Gathering | Brotherhood
06:55 Blackhawks | Army Aviation
10:00 Choosing an MOS
17:08 50th Anniversary
20:46 Amy's Career in AF
24:35 Crew Chiefs
28:11 Combative Patients
34:40 Blackhawk Down
38:38 Lessons Learned
40:06 Staying Dry
43:00 Fort Campbell
46:36 15 Tango Book Overview
52:00 Decline in Technicians
56:54 Main Character
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