60 Years with the FAA

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As part of the ongoing feud between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the union recently made hay out of a government employee survey that rated the agency as the worst government department to work for. Kim Yee would beg to differ. While a lot of FAA employees might be ticking off the days until their 25 years are up (and they qualify for a healthy pension), Yee, after 60 years with the agency, as a technician on Guam, is hoping for another 23. Heís now 77 and says he figures 100 is a good age to retire, according to the Pacific Daily News. "I'm one of the luckiest people to be employed 60 years -- with good pay," he said.

Yee was born in Hawaii to Chinese immigrants and joined the Army as a paratrooper during the Second World War. After the war, he joined the Civil Aeronautics Administration as an electronics technician and has been looking after the radars and radio gear on the U.S.-held island ever since. And whether it was a reporterís slip or Freudian barb, his immediate supervisor, System Support Center manager Randy Reeves, said Yee knows his stuff. "Kim showed me all the nuisances of radars," Reeves is quoted by the Daily News as saying. Look it up if you donít believe us.