This week’s Up Close features Tech. Sgt. Jeff McKee, a 94th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply technician. Up Close is a series spotlighting individuals around Dobbins Air Reserve Base. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Tech. Sgt. Andrew Park)
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Born in Chattanooga, TN, raised in Radford, Virginia.
WHY DID YOU JOIN?
My senior year of high school brought a harsh dose of reality: life as an adult. I had not made a lot of plans for after graduation. Other than passing my classes to play football, I did not take academics seriously. The Air Force gave me an opportunity to grow up, earn a paycheck and benefits as well as a reason to keep me in shape. I have relatives in the service and the mantra “join the military see the world” drew me in.
WHAT DO YOU DO ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE?
I’m a new air reserve technician, but am a military logistics guy all the way. Before the Reserve, I was on active duty; for a few years I was a transportation/logistics contractor for the US Navy.
FAVORITE AIR FORCE EXPERIENCE?
Eielson AFB, Alaska 2014-2015. Shortly after I made E-5, I had the opportunity to work in a different career field/squadron at the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron on a TDY for active-duty support. Alaska is absolutely captivating, and add in the excitement of learning and augmenting a different AFSC—it was truly a rewarding experience. I grew and learned a lot personally and professionally on that trip.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
Hiking, reading, camping, and anything outdoors, active or sports related. I love road trips, exploring, sightseeing and trying new things. I have two dogs, and they go with me just about everywhere.
I recently took the AFOQT, and am currently weighing the pros and cons of applying for the deserving airman program to become an officer. If I stay enlisted, I have always made it my goal to make chief. Regardless of what happens, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of a special duty such as a drill instructor or recruiter (I can sell ice to a snowman).
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED?
“I don’t care how long it takes you to get the work done, I don’t care if it takes you longer. Take your time and double check your work. Do it once and do it right.” –MSgt Michael Long, my first supervisor to me on my first day at Altus AFB, OK. Great advice for a young airman to listen to—take your time and complete your job to the best of your ability, and correctly the first time. I’ve learned the value of this being on both ends, reworking a job as well as catching and correcting a mistake. Always quality check your work and do the best job possible.
SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. I’d much rather spend my time reading or watching Seinfeld, not that there’s anything wrong with that.