KC-135 Aircraft Brings New Jobs

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Meridian, Mississippi The return of the KC-135 aircraft to Meridian's Air National Guard not only brings with it the opportunity to continue the true mission of Key Field, air-to-air refueling, but also the opportunity for employment.

"The demand is great," TSgt. Kimberley Rawson says. "Because we don't have enough people here at Key Field right now to fill these positions. So, we are definitely looking for people from outside of Key Field to come in."

The National Guard tells Newscenter 11 that roughly 40 part-time positions are available right now, dealing with aircraft maintenance, fuel systems, and propulsion. There are physical requirements that must be met in order to be considered for a position. The Air Guard says applicants will be judged by their scores on the ASVAB test, which is an entrance exam.

"And they have to have mechanical and electrical knowledge of some sort," Rawson points out. "And those jobs all have the electrical and mechanical score that have to be pretty decent."

The good news is that anyone who takes the ASVAB exam is eligible for a part-time job. While no degree is necessary to apply, it is possible to earn a degree once you join the guard.

"Like me, I was able to obtain my four-year degree from the University of Southern Mississippi from the Air National Guard," Chase Slaughter says. "They paid for my books, tuition, and living also."

Recruiters say not to expect any hard-hitting questions during the interview process. It's mainly a chance for them to get to know you. There are certain positions that will allow you to qualify for a signing bonus, up to as much as $20,000.

For more information, call the Air National Guard in Meridian at 601-484-9213. You may also visit the website. A link is provided below.