Staff Sgt. Thomas Wilson: 301 FW December Warrior of the Month

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  • By Master Sgt. Jeremy Roman
  • 44th Fighter Group

The 301st Fighter Wing mission is to train and deploy combat ready Airmen. The 44th Fighter Group, a geographically separated unit assigned to the 301 FW, has a Reserve Citizen Airman who plays an integral part in helping that mission happen which is why Staff Sgt. Thomas Wilson, 44 FG personnel journeyman, was recognized for his contributions as the wing’s Warrior of the Month for December 2021.

Wilson, who has served in the Air Force for more than 11 years now, has demonstrated versatility throughout his career. Not only is he responsible for the critical thinking and problem-solving associated with various 44 FG military personnel programs but he developed those same skills outside of the proverbial ‘front desk’ he now manages.

“I grew up in a military family environment, so it just seemed ideal [for me] to join. I enlisted in May 2010 and served Active Duty Air Force for eight years with various civil engineering (CE) squadrons (Air Force Specialty Code 3E2X1) around the globe,” said Wilson. “I started at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, then was assigned to Aviano AB, Italy, in postal services (AFSC 8M), then assigned to Kunsan AB, South Korea, with CE, before heading back to the U.S. completing CE mission as a member of Red Horse at Hurlburt Field, Fla.”

This Fort Walton Beach, Fla., native joined the Air Force Reserve as a Traditional Reservist in Jan. 2019 serving the 44 FG in personnel when they were stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., before moving to Eglin AFB.

“I transitioned career fields because I was looking for a change of pace from CE,” Wilson explained. “I enjoy being able to have access and the capabilities to assist our personnel whenever I’m needed. My squadron and I support a community of highly qualified Reserve Citizen Airmen to sustain and produce F-22A Raptor fifth generation combat capability.”

Coupled with the experience and problem-solving skills he gained in CE, Wilson shared some other traits which have helped him in personnel.

“To be an effective Airman for what we do here in this office, I think you need to have a certain level of patience and humility,” Wilson said. “Everyone in the unit is considered a valued customer, so we want to take care of them.”

Normally one to shy away from the spotlight, Wilson’s service and positive attitude couldn’t hide from leadership.

“When I was told I earned the wing’s Warrior of the Month Award, it was honestly a surprise to me and was actually the first award I have won,” said Wilson. “I want to sincerely thank my leadership for recognizing me for this award. It truly means a lot to me.”

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