F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --
Leather vest atop a metallic orange motorcycle roaring through twisty mountain roads, sets the scene for Beau Jones’ next painting.
From motorcycling to writing a book to painting memorable mountainscapes, Chief Master Sgt. Beau Jones, 90th Missile Maintenance squadron maintenance advisor, military career has enhanced his opportunity of picking up new hobbies and learning new things.
“Over the years of being in the Air Force, with people coming and going all the time I was able to pick up new hobbies frequently,” said Jones. “Without the military, I wouldn’t be as well versed in as many things as I am now.”
One of his early hobbies was target shooting with a group of friends at his first duty station. They found themselves at the range five days a week for two years straight. This was only the beginning of a life time of hobbies and new experiences.
“When I [permanently changed stations] to F.E. Warren, the first time, I didn’t know anyone,” said Jones. “It wasn’t long before I overheard some coworkers talking about going golfing, I thought to myself ‘hey I use to golf a little, I should try and tag along,’ and so I did.”
With each duty station, no matter the situation, he makes the most of every hand he is dealt and learns new skills everywhere he goes. This has given him the qualities to lead Airmen from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and job sets.
Staff Sgt. Ferdie Galicia, 90th MMXS, facilities maintenance section site supervisor, has worked with Jones for 5 years and said, “I tend to treat anything and everything as an emergency. I’ve never seen Chief do that, he always stays cool, calm and collected no matter what.”
With every PCS Jones met new people, and with new people came new opportunities to explore different hobbies.
“Something you often hear about motorcycling is that it’s the ultimate sense of freedom,” said Jones. “Without freedom and fun, stress is going to build. When stress builds it eventually explodes and no one wants to work with a ticking bomb.”
Hobbies are a means for many people to relax or do something fun during their free time, a way to decompress and revitalize.
“Having a hobby, if not several, is integral in mitigating stresses that build up throughout life,” said Jones. “Hobbies keep you relaxed, and bring a sense of fun and freedom to life.”