PINNING CEREMONY–Alice and Ken Mueller are pictured with John and Elizabeth Bartrum following the ceremony where John was promoted to brigadier general. Over the years, Ken had served as a mentor to John and was honored to participated in his pinning ceremony.
Former Red Bud mayor Ken Mueller recently had the honors of participating in a pinning ceremony for a general.
Mueller was happy to share with the North County News his story of how he came to be a participant in this important ceremony.
He noted that this story starts back at Scott Air Force Base, where Mueller worked as a shop chief/supervisor. He served in this position from 1976-1990. There they worked with parachutes, as well as fabrication, refurbishing aircraft and designing various prototypes for the military.
There were both military and civilians working in the shop and Mueller always tried to take them all in under his wing. “I talked to them about learning their jobs well and taking advantage of Air Force opportunities. I did this with all the kids that came through.”
He added, “When these kids came to my shop, my job was to prepare them, especially if going for a career in the Air Force, but also if they got out to be a productive citizen.
“I advised them to not just meet the standard, but exceed the standard. To not be afraid to take risks, but also to know their job as a life depends on it.”
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