WMA members can request a mentor through the button below. A password will be sent so that you can access the Mentor Bio page, which contains more details and contact information.
Our WMA Mentors
Mentor, a trusted advisor
Recently, a WMA member was talking to a young military aviator about joining WMA and a question was posed, “What can WMA do for me that other organizations can’t, why should I join WMA?”
There are many organizations out there, but none have WMA’s unique qualifications of both soldier and citizen airmen. We have members with such a vast range of experience in military aviation: Fighters, Tankers, Cargo, Helicopters, Cross Training, Command, Rescue Swimmers, Load Masters, Mechanics, virtually any and all aviation fields in all branches of the Armed Forces.
WMA members have successfully navigated a career in military aviation and beyond. Our job titles tell of our successes, but we also have disappointments, promotions and jobs not obtained for one reason or another, daily and long term professional challenges that must be dealt with either skillfully or not, personal relationship and family choices that we often don’t understand the implications of until long after the decision has been made, and a variety of other life challenges unique to military life and beyond.
How did/do we get through this? With people who have been there, done that; fallen down, gotten up, straightened their tiaras and helmets and moved on. We want to reach out and help.
A mentor is defined as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher, and an influential senior sponsor or supporter 1. On this page you will find a list of WMA members who are willing to help you with anything from advice, their history, their challenges, and information to help you make an informed decision about how to successfully forge ahead. Mentoring relationships can be short term or long term; they are what you make them. Mentoring can be a bi directional endeavor: “an influential senior sponsor or supporter” may also need to bounce ideas off a junior person. Some mentors may be neither senior nor junior, but simply a peer and professional contact who can provide information or support to a fellow aviator. We offer our guidance and feedback with wide open expectations for what might build out of the conversation, and ask a willingness to be a sounding board in return.
Neither the highest highs (successes) nor the lowest lows (setbacks) should define you. Just be reminded they should be fought for with integrity and gutsy determination. If you are looking for a wise and trusted counselor or just want to talk to someone who has had the job you are interested in, here is a list of WMA members willing to help.