445th Airlift Wing October 2021 Spotlight Performer

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Rank/Name: Senior Master Sgt. James (Jimmy) Lide

Unit: 445th Airlift Wing

Duty Title: Occupational Safety Manager

Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama

Civilian Job: Air Reserve Technician

Education: Master’s degree in public administration; bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Valdosta State University, Georgia

Hobbies: Hunting, camping, coaching middle school football, helping kids raise 4-H animals

Career Goal: Achieve the rank of chief master sergeant and continue to improve the safety culture of the 445th Airlift Wing.

What you like about working at the 445th?: The family-like atmosphere that the members of the unit provide and the guidance I receive from leadership.

Why did you join the Air Force?: After completing 8 1/2 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy on submarines, I left military service and became a police officer. After some time away from the military, I decided to join the Reserve. After doing some research, with both the Navy and the Air Force, I decided the Air Force would allow for better opportunities for my career, and it has been a great choice.