Swanton, Ohio --
Assigned as a flight chief to the 180th Fighter Wing’s Operations Group Aircrew Flight Equipment section, Skellie is responsible for the section’s quality assurance program, ensuring more than $31 million of flight equipment and aircrew survival gear is operational and accounted for.
He is also responsible for the management of the section’s technical order program, managing the more than 150 technical manuals that are crucial in maintaining 100% operational status of lifesaving equipment. Additionally, Skellie supervises 10 Airmen and the safety and readiness of approximately 30 F-16 fighter pilots.
In 2019, Skellie and his team conducted more than 4,000 equipment inspections, resulting in 100% pilot readiness and a 90% mission capable rate for the wing. Skellie provided oversight for the wing’s incentive flight program, managing more than $3,400 in lifesaving training and equipment for 56 of the wing’s outstanding Airmen. He singlehandedly anchored the Combat Edge Oxygen Equipment System program, inspecting and uploading the Anti-G Suit Program consisting of more than 3,000 pieces of life saving equipment for 21 aircraft resulting in 36 members being combat mission ready. Throughout the year, Skellie and his team supported more than 20 on-base community tours in support of the wing’s community outreach program, instilling patriotism and mission insight to more than 600 community members and civic leaders. In addition to working fulltime with the 180FW, Skellie is also a local small business owner and a part time student at the University of Toledo, where he maintains a 3.7 grade point average. Dedicated to supporting his community, Skellie contributes volunteer hours, placing flags at Woodlawn Cemetery, supporting area veterans’ organizations and donating more than $4,000 in food from his restaurant to area schools and veterans groups.
A Senior Non-Commissioned Officer leads and manages Airmen, maintaining the highest level of readiness to ensure mission success.