Credit: Contributed Photo / U.S. Air Force, Gina Randall
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Carly Reuter, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance journeyman from Grangeville, poses in her shop Feb. 4, on RAF Mildenhall, England. In her spare time Reuter enjoys traveling around the United Kingdom and Europe.
As of Tuesday, March 3, 2015
RAF MILDENHALL, England — A role not traditionally filled by women is vehicle mechanic. In days gone by it was men up to their elbows in grease, working the wrench and changing tires on government vehicles. But those days are long gone and one such woman hoping to change the stereotype is Airman 1st Class Carly Reuter, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance journeyman from Grangeville, Idaho.
“Reuter has broken stereotypes from the day she set foot on RAF Mildenhall,” explained Master Sgt. Adam Morrison, 100th LRS Vehicle Management superintendent. “During our first conversation, I asked her why she wanted to be a vehicle mechanic. Her answer was, ‘I chose this career because I don’t think many women do.’ From that moment on, Carly has proven to be a quick and steadfast learner. She doesn’t shy away from challenges and is constantly seeking out opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.
This “have-a-go” attitude has won Reuter the Performer of the Month award in the airman category for the flight.
A vehicle mechanic wasn’t her first choice of military career, but she knew she wanted to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty to serve her country in the most challenging manner she could think of.
“I’ve been in for just over a year,” Reuter said. “I joined in 2013, and this is my first base. I joined as a general mechanic, and thought I was going to be a mechanic on the planes because that’s what everyone assumes.”
Her supervisor is glad she ended up in this assignment as she’s a valuable member of the team.
“Reuter won this award because she embraces her role in the mission,” said Tech. Sgt. Amy Chandler, 100th LRS Vehicle Maintenance NCO in charge of general purpose from New Orleans, Louisiana. “She was a driving force behind a 95.1 percent mission-capable rate for vehicle management, which is impressive considering our low manning during the month of January. Reuter is eager to learn, she asks relevant questions and is strong enough to ask for help; this is what makes her one of our best.”
Reuter is a 2013 graduate of Grangeville High School. She is the daughter of Ty and Shannon Reuter of Grangeville.
More of Reuter’s military story can be found online at http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/ .