Fairchild’s Finest: Staff Sgt. Joseph St Pierre

Staff Sgt. Joseph St Pierre, 66th Training Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist technical training instructor, poses for a photo Jan. 19, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. St Pierre works to train and influence the future generations of SERE specialists. He was selected as one of Fairchild’s Finest, a recognition program that highlights top-performing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Staff Sgt. Joseph St Pierre, 66th Training Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist technical training instructor, poses for a photo Jan. 19, 2018, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. St Pierre works to train and influence the future generations of SERE specialists. He was selected as one of Fairchild’s Finest, a recognition program that highlights top-performing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --
1. Nominee’s Name and Rank:
Staff Sgt. Joseph St Pierre

2. Unit of assignment:
66th Training Squadron

3. Nominee’s duty title:
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Specialist technical training instructor

4. Home town and state (where you grew up):
Jacksonville, North Carolina

5. What do you do on a daily basis at Fairchild AFB?
I am currently a SERE cadre for SERE Specialist Training, the technical education school for SERE Specialists. We provide candidates with survival training in all of the different types of biomes as well as focus on different instructional techniques. Upon completion of their training students are awarded their 3-skill level and receive their SERE uniform arch, beret and Air Education and Training Command Instructor Badge.

6. What do you enjoy about your job? (1-2 sentences)
I enjoy being able to travel and work in the different areas of Washington state regularly. Its’s nice to be able to help influence the future generations of SERE Specialists.

7. Why did you choose to serve in the military?
I chose to serve for a stable income, a retirement and to earn a degree.

8. Family?
All of my family is located on the East Coast in North Carolina and Virginia.

9. How long have you been in the military?
Since June 18, 2012.

10. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Finishing all of the classes I needed in order to get my Community College of the Air Force degree.


11. What goals do you want to achieve or meet while at Fairchild AFB?
One of the goals I want to achieve while at Fairchild is to deploy and experience the operational side of SERE outside of what we are exposed to at Fairchild. I’m also hoping to complete my bachelor’s degree before I leave Fairchild.

12. What are your hobbies?
I enjoy working on my house and vehicle, going out on the boat and going to the gym.

13. What is your best habit?
Attention to detail; finishing tasks to the best of my ability.

14. What is your favorite quote?
“Do or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda.

15. What are your favorite movies?
All of the “Star Wars” and “The Fast and Furious” movies.

16. Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him/her?
Master Sgt. Jermyn is one of my favorite mentors due to his wide breadth of knowledge. Over the past year, I have learned multiple things from Jermyn’s experience, mainly focusing on the real world application of different principles regarding personnel recovery and other various principles that we teach students. This has allowed me to further not only my knowledge but the information and application regarding these principles that I teach to students.

17. If you could spend one hour with any person, who would it be and why?
My tattoo artist, Matt Hamblin. Recently he moved to Florida so I only get to see him once a year now. Three years ago we started working on my body suit and are currently somewhere around 70 percent complete. I’m having all of my work done by him exclusively because of the high quality of his work and his understanding of my vision for the completed product. Due to that and the good friendship we have made over the years, I would choose to spend my hour with him.

18. A quote from a supervisor or someone in your leadership as to why you were selected as Fairchild’s Finest. You should ask your leadership who selected you and ask them to please provide a quote, and include who the one is providing the quote.

“If his work style had a name it would be shock and awe. We’re always shocked at what comes out of his mouth, but in awe of the results,” said Tech. Sgt. Stone.