350th ARS Airmen earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating one or more of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander's intents: Foster a culture of excellence ... Develop the next generation of leaders ... Set and achieve goals.

First Lieutenant Tyler Jackson, 350th Air Refueling Squadron executive officer, was chosen as the 22nd Air Refueling Wing spotlight performer for the week of March 25 to 29.

Jackson has been at McConnell for two and half years and in the Air Force for four. When he's not at work, he enjoys music, sports and reading. Additionally, he is pursuing a master's degree in administrative leadership, for which he has already achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

"Jackson is a standout leader whose dedication and work ethic are unmatched," said Lt. Col. Richard Coalson, 350th Air Refueling Squadron commander. "He is a KC-135 navigator, works as my executive officer, and has had a monumental impact on the 350th ARS. Jackson is always the first one in the squadron and last one out each day."

Most recently, Jackson was recognized as the AMC nominee for the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award.

"He was recognized for his leadership, service while deployed to the (area of responsibility,) and mentorship," said Coalson. "He has most recently dedicated his time to the 22nd ARW's Airmen Against Drunk Driving program and helped keep the 350th's pledge to provid 100 percent coverage for every weekend night in 2013."

"Most notably, I've never met someone who didn't like Jackson," said Coalson. "In addition, I've never seen him sweat. No matter how difficult the situation, Jackson presses forward with his trademark smile, professionalism and calm demeanor!"

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My mother is the most positive influence in my life. She has always supported me and pushed me to excel in everything that I do.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
I would encourage any new Airman to work on their time management skills. As we all progress in our careers, our lives get busier. Good time management skills can make the biggest difference in terms of job productivity and personal goal attainment.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
One of my goals is to complete my master's degree ... I'm more than halfway done.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
I'd have to say that Montpellier, France is the most interesting place I've traveled to date. I was instantly drawn to it when I visited as a kid. It's the most peaceful place I've ever been.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I'd like to meet Nelson Mandela. I read his autobiography when I was younger, and his story still amazes me.