Some members of our group have reported difficulties getting the VA to recognize that our career field has and had responsibilities working on the flight line.
In a question and answer session at one of our annual reunions with CMSgt John McEnaney, former Aircrew Flight Equipment Career Field Manager, MSgt (Ret) Joe O’Brien wanted to know why the Life Support Job Description did not mention working on the Flight Line? Moreover, he stated that this was brought up by the VA when he filed a disability claim stating that he had duties working on the flight line. The Chief stated he would look into this for him.
Thanks to CMSgt (Ret) Steve Wyatt who followed this question up with the new Career Field Manager, CMSgt Shane Sandlin, the following statement was provided and should resolve this matter:
The attached Duty MOS Noise Exposure Listing should help solve the problem. I see 1T1X1 Life Support listed on page 22. We are listed as “Moderate” which is listed as a more-than-likely occurred type diagnosis. Hope this helps……….