Military Appreciation Month: Spotlight on an Airman Week 4

Airman points in the direction of a project

By Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson
319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Editor’s note: May is Military Appreciation Month, and we’ll highlight a different Airman and his or her job once per week for this month. We’re truly grateful for the hard work each Airman puts forth each day, and every job — big or small – contributes to the U.S. Air Force being the best Air Force in the world. Is there a military member you appreciate? Tell us in the comments below.

Airman 1st Class Richard Walls, a 319th Contracting Flight contract administrator at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, has been in the Air Force for nearly two years and is an active outdoorsman.

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
I enlisted in the Air Force with the goal of not only learning a new skill set in something I’d enjoy, but also to make a better life for my family. With the opportunities the Air Force has given me, I am very fortunate to be able to say those goals have been met.

What accomplishment as a “Warrior of the North” are you most proud of, and why?
Being that I work in contracting, no one really knows what we do. Little do they know, without the “small, but mighty” contracting flight, they wouldn’t be able to have half the things they do now. I’m proud to say that I am part of that great group.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The favorite thing about my job is definitely the camaraderie in my office. Everyone is so helpful and so giving. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of co-workers.

Who inspires you, and why?
My mom is my true inspiration. Without her, I wouldn’t have accomplished the things I have to this day. Since I was young, she has always pushed me to try my best in everything I do.

What’s the first thing that made you think Grand Forks Air Force Base was a cool place other than the temperature or weather?
Being an outdoorsman, I love the fishing, hunting and trail riding that North Dakota has to offer, despite the fact that you can only enjoy the outdoors four months out of the year.

PHOTO: Airman 1st Class Richard Walls and Senior Airman Ernest Trosen, 319th Contracting Flight contract administrators, review specifications for an upcoming construction project on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., May 21, 2014. Walls was named Warrior of the North for the third week of May. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/Released)

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Military Appreciation Month: Spotlight on an Airman Week 4