MSgt. Shane Enerson, son of Tiina and Edward Enerson of Kimball, retired from the United States Air Force Oct. 9, 2009, after 20 years of service. A retirement ceremony and reception were held for him on that date at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.
Enerson began his military career shortly after graduating from Kimball Area High School, class of 1988, enlisting in the Air Force in March 1989 and departed for Lackland AFB in Texas for basic training. He was trained as a propulsion specialist and spent his military career as a jet mechanic. Among the locations where he served were Spangdahlem AB Germany, McChord AFB in Washington, Squadron Kunsan AB Korea, Aviano AB Italy, RAF Lakenheath England, and several other military stations.
Shane's father Edward Enerson and his aunt Joyce Burns were able to attend the ceremony. After retiring in October, Shane began a civil service job Nov. 23 at Warren-Robbins in Georgia in his chosen field as a jet mechanic.
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Remembering the forgotten mechanic
Through the history of world aviation,
many names have come to the fore.
Great deeds of the past in our memory will last,
as they're joined by more and more.
When man first started his labor in his quest to conquer the sky,
he was designer, mechanic, and pilot,
and he built a machine that would fly.
But somehow the order got twisted, and then in the public's eye,
the only man that could be seen was the man who knew how to fly.
The pilot was everyone's hero,
he was brave, he was bold, he was grand.
as he stood by his battered old biplane,
with his goggles and helmet in hand.
To be sure, these pilots all earned it; to fly you have to have guts.
And they blazed their names in the hall of fame,
on wings with bailing wire struts.
But for each of these flying heroes,
there were thousands of little renown,
and these were the men who worked on the planes,
but kept their feet on the ground.
We all know the name Lindbergh,
and we've read of his flights into fame.
But think, if you can, of his maintenance man,
can you remember his name?
And think of our war-time heroes: Gabreski, Jabara, and Scott.
Can you tell me the names of their crew chiefs?
A thousand to one you cannot.
Now pilots are highly trained people, and wings are not easily won.
But without the work of the maintenance man,
our pilots would march with a gun.
So you see the mighty jet aircraft,
as they make their way through the air,
the grease-stained man with the wrench in his hand
is the man who put them there.