Getting to know you

Get to know James Hall (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Claude Lazzara)

Get to know James Hall (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Claude Lazzara)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The "Getting to Know You" column is a weekly feature in the Robins Rev-Up. It provides an inside look at the members of Team Robins who ensure that "Success Here equals Success There!"

Unit: 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Job Title: Sheet metal/ E&I Inspector

Time in service: 9 years

Hometown: Hawkinsville, Ga.

What does your work involve at Robins? "After fuel tanks are stripped, I inspect for any defects. After inspecting the tanks, I research the deficiencies using technical orders, job guides, wiring diagrams and engineering support to determine if the defect is within limits or out of limits, and what the procedure is to repair or replace the part. Then, using the Maintenance Work Request System, I submit a write-up to the planning office with the corrective action for the mechanic to use on accomplishing their task."

What do you enjoy most about your work? "Knowing that the work I do could possibly help make sure a pilot gets home or helps a soldier who needs air support get it. That thought helps keep me focused on my daily tasks and the mission at hand."

How does your work contribute to the Robins mission? "I find defects so they can be fixed to give the customer back a product in a timely manner that's in better condition than it was when it got here."

What prompted your interest in your current career field? "I've always been a hands-on person, and with prior military experience I wanted to be able to help out my fellow brothers and sisters in arms."

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? "My foster parents, David and Terri Sabet. While in foster care and to this day, I've been able to lean on them for counsel, advice, support, love and compassion in my everyday life. Anytime I've needed someone, they've been there to help."

What's the accomplishment of which you're most proud? "Being the proud father of two wonderful children - Tyler and Patience. Not a day goes by that they don't make me smile, laugh and remind me to keep moving forward.