Military Spotlight- Senior Master Sergeant Stephens

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First planes and now cars, Wayne Stephens has always had a knack for fixing things, so being a Parts Advisor is a natural fit.  Originally from the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Wayne grew up in a Military family.  In fact, it was his dad that inspired him to join the Air Force. 

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Sergeant Stephens enlisted in the Air Force in June 1984.  Upon completing Basic Military Training, he attended the Jet Engine Technician course.  His first assignment was as a Jet Engine Specialist working in the top secret SR-71 aircraft program.  Later,  he was reassigned to be stationed in Korea.  He served as the Det’s Engine Manager and Noncommissioned Officer in charge of the Jet Engine shop for the U-2 aircraft.  He then returned to the United States where he was assigned as a C-5 Aircraft Crewchief.  In July 1995, he was selected for a special duty assignment as a Professional Military Education Instructor at Tyndall Noncommissioned Officer Academy.   There he held the position of Superintendent of the Profession of Arms Division managing 45 hours of management, communications and leadership curriculum.  While at Tyndall, he was selected as the College for Enlisted PME NCO of the Year in 1996.  He was then transferred to the 31st Fighter Wing Aviano Air Base, Italy, where he served as 31st maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight Chief managing F-16 aircraft jet engine production.  He also filled in as the squadron’s First Sergeant when needed. Stephens was selected as the 31st Maintenance Squadron Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year in 2001 and 31st Fighter Wing Lt. Gen Leo Marquez Maintenance Professional of the Year in 2001. He was then reassigned in July 2004 to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, where he performed the duties of the 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight Chief, again managing F-16 aircraft jet engine production.  There he was selected as the 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron Lt. Gen Leo Marquez Maintenance Professional of the Year for both 2006 and 2007.  Additionally, he was awarded the 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron Lance P. Sijan Leadership award for 2007.  Finally in December 2008 he was transferred to the 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware where he became the 436th Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight Chief, managing C-5 aircraft jet engine production.

Before retiring with 28 years of service, Senior Master Sergeant Stephens was honored with four commendation medals for exceptional service as a Noncommissioned officer, and four meritorious service medals for service above the call of duty as a senior noncommissioned officer. 

Senior Master Sergeant Stephens says the expectation of integrity, honor and treating people well are lessons he learned in the Military that he carries with him through life, and definitely apply to his time with Hertrich.  In the year he was been with the Hertrich family, he finds the mission and values of the organization to be very similar to the Military.  He believes his job as a Parts Advisor for Hertrich Toyota is a job of service, much like his service in the Military.  He believes coming to work every day is serving the community by keeping their car on the road, allowing them to get to work or wherever they need to be.  His favorite part about working for the Hertrich family is the great people he works with.

Senior Master Sergeant Stephens, we thank you for your service, both 28 years in the Air Force and your daily service here at the Hertrich Family.  We appreciate your dedication and it is an honor to have you as a member of our world class team. 

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