We're continuing to introduce our airport staff and today, we're highlighting FBO Manager and general aviation professional, Sheldon Croley. Sheldon does a great job taking care of our general aviation pilots and their aircraft, and we sincerely appreciate all he does!
1. How long have you been working at the airport?
2. Tell us how things have changed since you started.
I believe the attitude has changed towards the airport. In the past the cities were trying to do their thing and the Army was trying to do theirs. This was making things difficult for both parties to accomplish their goals. I have noticed that in the past five years that the Army and the two cities have improved their working relationship. They have come together for their common goals.
#1 Improve the airline experience through building a new airline terminal.
#2 Increase airline ridership and general aviation traffic through our new marketing campaign.
#3 Improve the airfield infrastructure through building a new parallel taxiway and installing all new lighting for the runway and taxiways.
3. What is your favorite part of your job?
Meeting the traveling public. You never know who will fly in here on any given day!
4. Tell me why you think the airport is important to Fort Leonard Wood.
I believe it is a great benefit to the Army and the cities of Waynesville and St. Robert, along with all of the local outlying communities. It allows military personnel and their families along with the civilian public to fly in and out of the base for training, graduations, and general travel. This saves time and money for both the military and the local traveling public.
5. Do you enjoy traveling?
Yes, flying is the best way to see this beautiful country.
6. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I have been around the world, both by sea and air, but the one place I haven't been and would love to see is Alaska!
7. What do you like about living in the Fort Leonard Wood Region?
Well being retired military I like the benefits of using the base facilities, the location of the Interstate and the fact that there are so many cool places to visit in the Ozarks and the lake!
8. What would you tell someone who is considering flying directly to Fort Leonard Wood?
The most common question I get is, "how close are you to Fort Leonard Wood?" My answer is "well, you're in luck because we are located in the middle of the base and yes, you can fly in here."