BHM Spotlight: Senior Airman Jideofor Emeka

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  • By Kendahl Johnson
  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Senior Airman Jideofor Emeka plans to be in the Air Force for as long as possible, and he hopes to be doing it as a pilot.

Emeka, an assistant crew chief in the 34th Fighter Generation Squadron, said he didn’t know what to expect when he joined the Air Force, but has found he truly enjoys being around aircraft and wants to fly them for his career.

“I didn’t know I’d enjoy being in this environment as much as I do before joining,” he said. “Being in the military has been amazing.”

He said going from a maintainer working on motorized components and general hydraulic care to becoming a pilot is a difficult path that would have been easier had he went to college before enlisting, but he’s undeterred.  He plans to use some of his professional education credits towards a degree in aerospace engineering.

This is the first assignment for Emeka, who came to the base in March 2020 at the start of COVID. He hails from Seattle, Washington, but his parents immigrated to the United States from Nigeria. 

“When I was a junior in high school, we visited Nigeria and I met family members I never knew I had,” he said. “It was neat seeing where my parents grew up.”

For Emeka, Black History Month provides an opportunity to not only be reminded of black people who did a lot for their communities, but also provides an opportunity for people to think about their own lives and what they’ve accomplished and what they’d like to achieve in the future.

“I think Black History Month is great but I also think we are selling ourselves short if we limit remembering our excellence to just one month,” he said. “We all have so much potential and we should recognize that always, not just in February.”

Emeka enjoys playing sports, and at 6-foot-5 he especially excels at basketball.  He also enjoys playing video games and collecting shoes.