How does a Keuka degree fit into daily military life?
Just ask U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Maddox ’07, who graduated with a B.A. in math and a B.S. in business management, and now serves as operations officer for the U.S. Air Force 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, which includes four officers and 461 enlisted airmen at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Maddox is second-in-command to the squadron commander.
“I handle operations and she handles the personnel—the pats on the back and the kicks in the butt, so to speak,” he said. “We provide munitions support and we do maintenance. Let’s say after flying, a part gets damaged and needs repair. We repair it through metal fabrication.”
In addition, the squadron handles what Maddox calls “deep tissue maintenance,” such that after every 400 flight hours logged by a particular plane, it will spend from 7-20 days in the base hangar getting stripped down for more intensive analysis or repairs.
“As far as business is concerned, maintenance and munitions is pretty much like any other business. We have a product, a process, customers, logistics, and a supply chain. I market my product to my customers – other squadrons – so they get what they want and I’m able to supply it. It’s almost a direct correlation [to business].” (more…)
On Sept. 11, 2001, 189 people were killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
Betty Maxfield, a 1965 Keuka College graduate, survived.
“The realization that I was standing near individuals who failed to make it out of the building made me question why I survived and they did not,” said Maxfield, chief of Army Demographics in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel in the Pentagon.
To assist her in “psychologically adjusting” to the incident, it was suggested that she write down her thoughts and memories.
Here is what Maxfield wrote Sept. 15, 2001: (more…)