JOINT-BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas –
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Just like most military folks I am from all over.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE AIR FORCE?
I have 15-plus years in the Air Force. My previous assignment was at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama with the 689th Network Operations Squadron. There I met Senior Master Sgt. Greg Brown who was previously assigned to the 340th. He recommended the unit as a good place to work. Master Sgt. Melissa Erwin and I were stationed together at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base with the 610th Command and Control Squadron. She also recommended the assignment to the 340th FTG. So I decided to apply to the 340th when I was looking for a new assignment within the AGR program.
HOW LONG IN THE RESERVES? WHAT IS YOUR STATUS? (AGR, TR, ART)?
I started my reserve career at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, back in 2008 after completing my active duty enlistment of five years and four months. While on active duty I was stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Kunsan Air Base, McChord Air Force Base, Washington (before they were a joint base), and deployed for six months to Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. As a reservist I have been stationed at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Lackland Air Force Base, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, and Randolph Air Force Base.
WHY DID YOU JOIN?
I joined the Reserves because as the end of my active duty enlistment neared I knew I wanted to continue to serve my country. As a Reservist I can continue to serve my country and also have the flexibility to pursue other life opportunities.
HOW LONG WITH THE 340TH FTG?
I got here in March 2019.
WHAT IS YOUR DUTY TITLE?
I am the information technology section chief.
HOW DOES YOUR JOB SUPPORT THE 340TH FTG MISSION?
We make sure the best technology is available to ensure the unit can efficiently accomplish the day-to-day tasks to complete the mission.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK AT THE 340TH?
My job touches all the communications in the unit. I like helping people do their job and here in a smaller unit you get to know your customers on an individual basis.
ANY COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES?
Not right now but I love to be involved in my community. I am looking around to find where I can be the most useful.
WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION OR ADVICE ABOUT WORKING AT THE 340TH FTG THAT YOU'D PASS ON TO NEW MEMBERS OF THE 340TH FTG TEAM?
It’s a great place to feel like family. Given my different assignments, I have met several people at the 340th that I was previously stationed with. To my surprise, some personnel from Homestead Air Reserve Base Finance are here that were stationed with me. I thought the majority of the people were going to be from the 433rd Airlift Wing back when I was stationed at Lackland, but now I know people here from all my previous assignments except for Maxwell-Gunter.
NAME ONE THING YOU’D LIKE FOLKS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I love meeting people. The Air Force is small enough to be considered a family and big enough to expand your horizons while meeting up with old friends along your journey.