Getting to know you: Sgt. Michael Milone

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This week our Getting to Know You feature highlights Sgt Michael Milone, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773(-) Avionics technician.

Time in service: 10 years
Hometown:  Rocky Ridge, Md.

What does your work involve at Robins? "I have a primary military occupational specialty of avionics technician and am qualified as a collateral duty inspector for the AH-1W Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters. My MOS includes the installation, removal, inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair of components for communications, navigation, electrical, weapons, engines and deceptive electronic countermeasures systems at the organizational maintenance level."

What do you enjoy most about your work? "My favorite part of my job is working and troubleshooting aircraft. Being challenged and coming up with solutions gives me the greatest job satisfaction. It still amazes me when I'm on the line, and I watch these aircraft take off, especially when you witness an aircraft that was non-operational for an avionics discrepancy that you corrected and watched everything operate as it is supposed to."

What prompted your interest in your current career field? "I was originally in the Marine Corps Reserves and held the MOS of residential electrician where I deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2006 and Honduras in 2008 for a humanitarian mission to build schools for local children in the city of Marcala. I gained interest in fixing helicopters when I was transferring to the Active Reserves in 2009."

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? "My wife Kristen, who has been the greatest supporter of my career, and is always pushing me to be a better husband, father and Marine. My daughter Aria is 2-years old, is absolutely beautiful and drives me completely crazy.  She makes me want to be a better person so that I can give her the life she deserves. Finally, Staff Sgt. Andres Berrios has pushed me harder than any leader I've had in the past."