SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - News Release from Department of the Air Force. Headquarters, Combat Readiness Training Center
Probably the best mechanic and fisherman to serve in this man's Air Force, Senior Master Sergeant Julian J. Childers is retiring after 35 years of dedicated service.
A mechanic's mechanic is how SMSgt Childers is best known militarily. His military career began in 1978, enlisting in the United States Army as a Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic for 12 years. In 1991, he joined Savannah's Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), Georgia Air National Guard, accepting ever increasing levels of responsibility within the vehicle maintenance career field and throughout his extended career. Finally, in 2008 SMSgt Childers earned the promotion to become the unit's Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent where he bore responsibility for all transportation assets totaling more than $3.6 million dollars, all associated vehicle maintenance regardless of its type or function and the training of all assigned personnel.
Over his many years of service, he and the CRTC's Vehicle Maintenance section were oft called upon by state leadership to support particular service missions, including "Operation Hay Ride" (the North Georgia droughts of 1993), "Operation Crested River" (the floods associated with Hurricane Opal), the 1996 Summer Olympics, the massive evacuation during Hurricane Floyd in 2005, the State of Georgia Counter Drug Interdiction program and most recently the 2011 wildfires in South Georgia. He also served effective supporting roles in federal missions to include; "Operation Ensure Democracy," "Operation Enduring Freedom," "Operation Iraqi Freedom," Hurricane Katrina relief in 2006 and Super Storm Sandy relief just last year.