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AF reservist aces instrument, flight control systems course

Schneider aces instrument, flight control course

Airman 1st Class Ashlyn Schneider, 365th Training Squadron instrument and flight control system apprentice course student, removes and re-installs a receiver transmitter on a C-130 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 29, 2018. Schneider scored 100 percent on every block of the nine-week course, earning herself the ACE award. Schneider, a Minnesota native, has aspirations to commission and become a pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Madeleine E. Remillard)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Aircraft flight decks, where pilots operate the flying machinery, are full of complicating devices from the numerous dials, knobs, indicators and gyros of the instrument panel to the mechanisms used to steer them.


Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Ashlyn Schneider, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated from the 365th Training Squadron’s instrument and flight control system apprentice course at Sheppard AFB Aug. 30, 2018, earning the ace student award after completing the course with perfect scores on all of the exams.


Schneider and other airmen in the 95-day course learned about basic maintenance fundamentals of instruments and flight controls, inspection of the equipment, troubleshooting, removal, repair and installation of the systems.


Rank and name: Airman 1st Class Ashlyn Schneider


Unit: 934th Airlift Wing, Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minnesota


Duty title: Instrument and flight control system apprentice


Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota


Time in Service: 1 year


Why you joined the Air Force: Continue to break barriers for women in the Air Force.


Family: Parents, Todd and Reneé; siblings, Nathan, Julien and Ila


Hobbies: Nerd stuff


Favorite aspect of job: Perpetuating human flight.


Most memorable Air Force experience: Seeing my family at the basic military training retreat ceremony.


How do you make responsible choices: Prioritization of my needs over my wants. Discipline.


Instructor comment:

“Receiving the ACE award is an amazing feat. Scoring 100s on every block test is an extremely rare occurrence and a remarkable accomplishment. A1C Schneider is the epitome of the whole Airman concept. She would lead class discussions and also hel other students out during self-study time. I know she will be very successful throughout her Air Force career.” – Staff Sgt. Richard Blue, 365th Training Squadron instrument and flight control systems instructor

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