By Sterling M. Jex Jr.

December 2015

I had two work experiences at Boeing. The first was at 18 when I took a skills learning class right after high school in Renton, Wash. I was employed at the Renton plant as a deburer for six or seven months. I enjoyed the time and the work.

The second was after I left the military. I went to work at the Everett plant on the 747, in the cargo bay. I worked for another six or seven months and enjoyed that work experience as well.

My license plate is AWE4787 -- or "AWE 4 787." I thought that was very cool. I have a picture of it on my cellphone.

My wife and I are in our late 60s now and our families have been part of the company our whole lives.