Master Sergeant Routon is an Aerospace Science Instructor at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. Sergeant Routon was born July 10, 1971 in Borger, Texas and graduated from West Texas High School in 1990. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Education in 2003. His professional military education includes resident diplomas from the Airman Leadership School (ALS) and the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA).
Sergeant Routon enlisted in the USAF in March 1992 and was assigned to Chanute AFB, Illinois for technical training in the Liquid Fuel Systems Maintenance career field after completing basic training. In 1992, he was assigned to the 55th Civil Engineering Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and in 1994, he received transfer orders to Ramstein AB, Germany, where he performed duties as a fuel systems maintenance journeyman. In 1997, Sergeant Routon left Germany for McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas, where he led three airmen to maintain the base’s aircraft hydrant refueling and ground product systems. In 1999, Sergeant Routon was hand-picked to serve as a technical training instructor in the fuels maintenance school at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas for four years. After that assignment, he spent two years at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was the Non-commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) of the fuels maintenance shop, supervising six personnel. In 2005, Sergeant Routon was selected to perform duties as a Quality Assurance Evaluator for a fuels maintenance contract at Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. In 2006, he returned for a three-year tour at Ramstein AB, Germany, as the acting shop chief for the Liquid Fuels Maintenance shop. In 2009, Sergeant Routon was hand-selected as the Infrastructure Section Chief for Detachment 1, 554th RED HORSE Squadron at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. He retired in 2012, after 20 years of faithful military service.
Sergeant Routon is married to the former Melissa Hessler of Buffalo, New York. He has four children: Summer, Jonah, Jenna, and Taylor, and one grandson, Kaplan. His hobbies include golf, racquetball, and fishing. The Routon family is heavily involved in ministries at the church they attend.