/ Published December 03, 2017
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Airman First Class Justin McDonald joined the 167th Airlift Wing in November, 2015. He is from Queen Creek, Ariz. He is a West Virginia University graduate and played baseball while attending. Prior to enlisting, McDavid played minor league baseball, was a baseball instructor and a land surveyor.
“Moving personnel and cargo is the mission of the Unit, as a loadmaster I see that first hand,” McDavid said.
As a loadmaster, McDavid ensures cargo is airworthy for transportation and restrained in the aircraft for flight.
“The C-17 also requires the loadmaster to have knowledge of systems on the aircraft and a lot of good stories to tell on a long flight,” he said. “The consequences could be great if the job is done incorrectly so you always have to be on top of your game.”
McDavid said his job allows him to be part of the airlift mission which reflects the hard work of everyone in the wing.
"Justin is the go to Airman,” said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Snyder, loadmaster supervisor. “Though he’s relatively new to his career field, he has mentored his fellow loadmasters and developed easy to understand guides that have helped all loadmasters comprehend certain aircraft limitations. He’s quick to pick up new challenges and never turns down an opportunity."
McDavid said he is proudest of his wife, Jamie McDavid, who takes pride in doing the best job she can every day she comes through the gate.
His hobbies include fiddling around with some wood working, wearing his cowboy hat and saying “howdy.”
“My favorite TV line is ‘Goober says yo a lot, yo means yes, he learned that in the National Guard,’” McDavid said. That line is from the “Andy Griffith Show.”