Airman instructor by day, professor by night

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  • By 1st Lt. Sydney Pfeffer, 373rd Training Squadron, ICBM Field Training Detachment Regional OIC
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

Can you imagine being so passionate about your job, you perform it during the day and again at night? For one Air Education and Training Command instructor assigned to the 90th Missile Wing, he is doing just that.

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Bozeman, assigned to the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 321, a Geo-Separated Unit located at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, enjoys teaching day in and day out.

By day, Bozeman is the Facilities Maintenance Section Training Non-commissioned Officer in Charge, by night he is a professor at Laramie County Community College or LCCC, teaching students in the evening, Monday through Thursday.

“I teach part of the electrical technology program, in the industrial systems department,” said Bozeman. “I teach eight credit hours per semester, focusing on classes that are needed for apprentice electricians.” 

Coming from a missile maintenance background, Bozeman teaches 5-level qualified Airmen additional skills and specialties needed to conduct their duties in the missile complex. This includes courses in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Fundamentals, Power Generation and Distribution Repair, Waste Disposal Systems, and general ICBM procedures such as Launch Facility Entry and Exit.

Doubling up his instructor duties has improved his abilities to teach both Airmen and civilians. Bozeman is gaining a new perspective toward education.  

“Getting to experience different teaching methodologies has shown me different ways to tackle issues that may come about in an instructional course,” said Bozeman. “I think having both experience in the military and civilian sectors has helped broaden my horizons.”

Through Bozeman’s role as an AETC instructor, he has a renewed sense of admiration for teaching. He wanted to continue to learn about his specific profession, as well as impart onto others the same enjoyment he finds in his work. 

“I really enjoy teaching, especially when it comes to electrical tasks,” he said. “I find electrical power installation, troubleshooting and repair to be fun.”

Bozeman plans to continue his teaching venture in hopes to further educate his military and civilian students.