Attention to detail on, off duty
By Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell, 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 29, 2019
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- From inspecting repairs to working on cars, one Malmstrom civil engineer has an eye for detail on-and-off duty.
Staff Sgt. Cody Hebert, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron structural engineer, works behind the scenes on the stability and construction of Air Force facilities.
“Under operations engineering, my main responsibility is to evaluate work tasks requested,” said Hebert. “I determine how they will be accomplished, whether that be through the structures shop or for bigger projects outside of our capabilities.
“The other side of my job is building inspections,” he continued. “We do frequent inspections to assess the condition of our facilities on base.”
Regardless of what he’s working on, Hebert must be detail-oriented to catch imperfections during his inspections.
“I conduct walk-throughs of facilities to analyze the conditions of the roof, walls, and ceiling tiles,” said Hebert. “I make record of broken tiles, door knobs, walls and anything related to the structure of the building.
“We do take certain things into account when determining what to fix first,” said Hebert. “For instance, if we had a broken garage door and a leaking roof both rated the same, the roof would be top priority as it is vital to keep the facility dry and operational.”
Coincidentally, his keen eye for inspections at work merged into his off-duty hobby: cars.
Be it racing, off-road trailing, detailing a car or sharing stories with people who share similar interests, Hebert has had a passion for cars since he was younger.
“I grew up tinkering with cars and was always in the garage helping my father with his projects,” said Hebert. “All those weekends spent with my father or going to car shows with him are some of my most memorable moments growing up.”
This upbringing gave Hebert the opportunity to widen his interest cars and he eventually took up auto detailing: the process of thoroughly cleaning the exterior or interior of a vehicle to produce a show-quality finish.
“It’s peaceful,” said Hebert. “Having the ability to go out, race my car or get my truck dirty… at the end of the day it’s rewarding to make them shine again.
“Now that I’m in the military, I take pleasure in the competition and fun that comes with this hobby,” he added. “It’s easy for me to make friends and find people I relate to in the car scene here.”
Hebert’s commitment to the car community gave him the opportunity to meet other Airmen and eventually establish a still-growing car group in the area.
“We all share that same passion and now these people motivate me to keep up,” said Hebert. “I consider a lot of people in the club my family and it’s great to have people around that genuinely enjoy cars the same way I do.”
Being able to use keen eye for detail at work and at home, Hebert says he expects to always be around cars either in a car club, show or racing – all while making a 20-year career out of the Air Force.