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C-5s and submarines

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- Senior Airman Andrew Stoner began his civilian career at
General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, just two weeks after graduating high school in
2007.

Over the past decade, the 28-year-old Rhode Island-native has worked his way up from a draftsman to his current role as an electrical designer.

Stoner has experience working on system diagrams for Navy submarines and even destroyers. In 2013, he added the U.S. military’s largest aircraft to that list by enlisting in the Air Force Reserve as an Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems Airman.

“To me, C5s are the submarines of the sky,” Stoner said.

While they may not be very similar to the average person, Stoner sees connections between the wiring schematics of the two.

“I have always used my knowledge and experience from my civilian career to be better at my Air Force career,” Stoner said. “It works out the other way around too.”

When he is not at work or at Westover, Stoner spends time with family, friends, and his rescue dog Bruce Campbell.

If you know an Airman with an interesting civilian career or hobby, let us know by emailing 439aw.pa@us.af.mil.