Five Questions with…James Shaw – 439th FSS Sustainment Services Flight Chief

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  • By SrA Alex Lowe
  • 439th Airlift Wing

Q: Describe your job here at Westover?
A: I’m in charge of the support activities, such as the Flyer’s Inn, the Fitness Center, Outdoor Recreation, and the (Westover) Club.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Columbus, Ohio. My dad was a doctor, and he did his training in Cleveland, Ohio. So that’s where I ended up growing up through high school, and then I went to the University of Michigan. So, my dad, who went to Ohio State, and I were kind of rivals for a little while there.

Q: How did you get started in this career?
A: I was a golf professional most of my working life in Hawaii, and in 2005 I applied as a golf course manager with the U.S. Army in Korea. Then that course closed, and I saw the posting for a job as a golf course manager in Yokota (Air Base, Japan) which I applied for. Never thinking I’d get it, but I did. In 2017, I went to Yokota and stayed there for five years before coming to Westover.

Q: I heard you came from Yokota Air Base; how did you enjoy that?
A: Yes, I studied Japanese from the time I was in Hawaii in 1982 -- I did an internship in Japan -- then met my wife in a Japanese language class. So, it was kind of a dream to go back to Japan and work, and I was able to do that at Yokota for more than five years.

Q: Are there any goals you have for Westover?
A: I’d like to see more access to the base. To have the base more involved with the community and for the people on base to interact more with the community members.

Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?
A: I enjoy singing. I was singing in a four-part chorus in Korea for many years, and then Hawaii for many years. I mostly enjoy classical and pop music.