Senior Master Sgt. Steven B. Brooks, a native of Jackson, is retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 26 years.
Brooks is a 1990 graduate of Jackson High School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Brooks of Jackson.
After attending Gordon College, he entered the Air Force in 1993. He graduated from the Apprentice Structural Specialist Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and was assigned to the 3d Civil Engineer Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, where he was involved in major construction projects and repairs to the facilities in supporting F-15 and other aircraft.
His first permanent change of station was to Hurlburt Field Florida where he joined the 823d Red Horse Squadron as a structural journeyman. After being promoted to staff sergeant in 1999, Brooks was assigned to Gulfport Mississippi as a technical school instructor from 2000-04. He was promoted to technical sergeant and was sent for his first remote to the 554th Red Horse Squadron, Osan Airbase, Republic of Korea, where he was the non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC), Structures A-Flight.
In February 2005 Brooks returned to the 823d Red Horse Squadron at Hurlburt Field Florida and started a six-year journey, progressing through several roles and promotions. Brooks deployed three times: as structural superintendent 1st Expeditionary Red Horse Group, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan; as the Village of Hope Training NCOIC, Patrol Base Stone, Joint Base Balad, Iraq; and as the NCOIC, Cantonments Section 809th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.
In 2010 Brooks was promoted to master sergeant and was selected for a one-year remote assignment as civil engineer flight superintendent at Soto Cano Airbase, Honduras.
In 2012, Brooks and his family relocated to RAF Lakenheath, England, as operations superintendent 48th Civil Engineer Squadron. While there he deployed as NCOIC Special Capabilities Flight, 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF Sq., 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group Bagram AB, Afghanistan. He finished his tour in England as the squadron superintendent.
In 2015, Brooks was assigned to Ramstein Airbase, Germany, where he has served as civil engineering division superintendent, Detachment 4, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center where he managed 27 personnel responsible for military family housing operations at six operating bases across Europe.
Among the major awards and decorations he received are the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the U.S. Army Achievement Medal.
Brooks’ 26 years were celebrated with a retirement ceremony presided over by Maj. Joey Tortella and master of ceremonies Capt. Elizabeth Foley. It included a medal presentation as well as presentations to his wife, Marsha Brooks, and Chris and Nikki, his children. The ceremony also included the flag-folding and flag-passing ceremonies. Chris assisted in preparing a slide presentation with highlights of Brooks’ career.