In the 1980s, PIA offered students in 11th and 12th grades a program to obtain their powerplant licenses. Model airplane and motorbike enthusiast Anthony “Tony” Pinkovsky seized this opportunity and began a journey that eventually led him to earn the title of retired Air Force Master Sergeant.
Many of Pinkovsky’s PIA instructors had military backgrounds, and their stories sparked his interest in a military career. After graduating PIA in 1981, Pinkovsky entered the U.S. Air Force as a jet engine mechanic: “I worked in a facility at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, FL, where I would tear-down and build-up jet engines as needed for Uncle Sam.” Over the years and several transfers within the Air Reserve Technician (ART) program, he worked his way up from Technician to First Line Supervisor on aircraft including C-5s and C-17s.
Pinkovsky retired in 2018 with 37 years of federal service. “The job was challenging and rewarding,” says Pinkovsky. “But as I look back on my career, I can say that one of the best times in my life was at PIA.”