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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Airman Greca instructs his students enrolled in the base swimming lessons for children 8 years old and under about using the floatation device at the James Gym pool.
(US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Kelly-Woodward)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Airman Greca instructs his students enrolled in the base swimming lessons for children 8 years old and under about using the floatation device at the James Gym pool. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Kelly-Woodward)

Airman 1st Class Jason Greca (right) speaks to a student to ensure she knows what is expected of her just before she takes off for a swim. Airman Greca enjoys seeing his students learn and improve. This technique is applied at swim meets that Airman Greca and his students participate in every Tuesday and Thursday from June through August. Airman Greca is not only a volunteer swim coach, he also volunteers with the Airman Ministry Center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Airman 1st Class Amber Kelly-Woodward)

Airman 1st Class Jason Greca (right) speaks to a student to ensure she knows what is expected of her just before she takes off for a swim. Airman Greca enjoys seeing his students learn and improve. This technique is applied at swim meets that Airman Greca and his students participate in every Tuesday and Thursday from June through August. Airman Greca is not only a volunteer swim coach, he also volunteers with the Airman Ministry Center. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Airman 1st Class Amber Kelly-Woodward)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- One of the many programs Scott offers during the summer is a swimming class. The swimming class runs June through Aug. from 5:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the class holds practices and Tuesdays and Thursdays the class attends competitions against other local teams. 

The team is primarily run by Sharon Wilda, the swim team head coach. Ms. Wilda is in charge of two groups, children ages 8 years old and under and children ages 12 to 18. The class curriculum includes swimming and diving techniques. 

Airman 1st Class Jason Greca, a 375th Communications Squadron voice networking systems apprentice, volunteers to help Ms. Wilda with the swim team. 

"Jason is a very good help," said Sharon Wilda, swim team head coach. "I couldn't do it without him; he is very upbeat, always happy and willing to do whatever I ask him." 

Airman Greca first became interested in coaching during his Services tour while in the First Term Airman Center program. 

Airman Greca swam all four years at Belleville High School in Belleville, Mich. and even made it to state championships in his senior year, 2007. 

Airman Greca volunteers because he loves swimming. He also enjoys NASCAR racing and outdoor activities. 

"I enjoy the meets," said Airman Greca. "You get to see the children improve and reach their goals." 

Airman Greca is also a first-term Airman. 

First-term Airmen have a lot of responsibility. Their first duty is to perform their job. Additionally, first-term Airmen have to study their Career Development Courses to earn their five-level badges. The two listed responsibilities are quite a work load. Not to mention, Airmen have to keep themselves in physical shape while still maintaining their social activities. 

Airman Greca not only manages his first-term Airmen duties but he is currently part of the Base Honor Guard. Airmen in Honor Guard work long hours to serve all of Illinois and parts of Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri and go TDY often.
Airman Greca is also an Airmen Ministry Center volunteer. 

Airman Greca has several goals for the Air Force one of them being possibly attaining the rank of chief master sergeant. He knows that he cannot reach the rank of chief by doing nothing, which is why he keeps himself active.