Sheppard profile: Navy detachment

Sheppard Profile

Hard at work in a Sheppard Air Force Base classroom, you will find airmen, soldiers, and sailors.

In one class, they all learn the basics of getting electrical power, where it needs to go.

Ce Construction Electrician Alicia Garcia said, “Anything that needs to be done, generators, power lines, anything with electrical we take care of.” 

Navy Seamen Alicia Garcia is a construction electrician and is learning more about her craft.

Garcia said although working with soldiers and airmen does come with its challenges, everyone keeps their eyes on the task at hand.

“We’re here for one purpose and it’s to get our job and so it’s one team, one fight to graduate from here,” Garcia said. 

To ensure that happens Petty Officer First Class James Schilingmann had to educate himself on the ins and outs of all three branches.

“There are some hiccups, as far as our dialogue,” Schilingmann said. “Each branch has their own lingo, the way we discuss stuff, that’s an interesting obstacle to overcome but at the same time it’s fun.” 

In Schilingmann’s class, he focuses on commercial refrigeration.

“We’re teaching our students how to take a system that’s been, in what we call ‘lay-up’, where it has no refrigerant, nothing in there, it’s in a vacuum, we will go through the proper procedures in order to put a correct amount of refrigerant in there in order for it to cool,” Schilingmann said. 

Schilingmann said all instructors teach the same, regardless of whether they are working with airmen, sailors, soldiers or a combination, and he said that is something that makes deployments a little more comfortable.

Garcia said, “We’ve been through the same thing, we know we can trust each other since we’ve made it through the whole training, we know what we worked with and we work with the same stuff.” 

Once this technical training course comes to an end, each soldier, airmen, and sailor will go on to further their training, at their designated military installations.

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