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Policky '15 Flies as a Boom Operator in the U.S. Air Force

Published Monday, March 4th, 2019

USAF Thunderbird
United States Air Force Thunderbirds refuel while flying over northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo taken by Jamie Policky.

Jamie Policky '15 graduated from WSC with a bachelor's degree in industrial education.

Jamie PolickyAirman First Class Jamie Policky graduated from Wayne State College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial education. 

“My time in Wayne was balanced between classes, clubs, and working two jobs,” Policky said. “I spent time on the Student Senate lobbying for Benthack Hall as well as competing with the SkillsUSA and TEECA programs. I loved every second of it.”

Policky is currently stationed in Wichita, Kan., at McConnell Air Force Base, flying as a boom operator with the 350th Air Refueling Squadron. Jamie’s refueling unit is tasked with keeping U.S. and NATO assets aloft worldwide, allowing aircraft to more efficiently meet mission objectives by not having to land to refuel.

“My offi ce is quite different from most,” Policky said. “I spend my time in a refueling ‘pod’ tucked away in the rear of the KC-135 Stratotanker overlooking trailing aircraft. What I enjoy most about boom operating is being part of a team that the United States Air Force thinks is indispensable for modern airpower. Oh, and the views are also pretty great, too.”