22nd SFS Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman Laura L. Valentine
  • 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.

Airman 1st Class Kyle Black, 22nd Security Forces Squadron entry controller, has been in the Air Force for one year and at McConnell since May 2012. The Merced, Calif., native enjoys weight lifting, playing softball and disc-golf, and fishing in his spare time.

As one of more than 200 "Defenders" providing outstanding customer service and support to Team McConnell, Black continues to surpass the commander's intent of "fostering a culture of excellence" on a daily basis, said Tech. Sgt. Terrance Williams, 22nd SFS gate section NCO in charge.

Black achieved a score of 96 percent on his duty position evaluation, putting him well above his peers. He also completed his career development courses an impressive five months ahead of schedule and achieved a score of 87 percent on his end of course exam.

"Black was selected to be a part of the 22nd SFS Installation Control Section due to his 'dedication to excellence,'" said Williams. "The first thing you'll notice when you have the pleasure of meeting Black is his crisp military image that he showcases while working entry control points throughout McConnell."

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
Both of my parents would have to be the most positive influences in my life because without the morals and hard work ethic they instilled upon me at a young age, I might not be the person I am today.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
Do your best in everything you do because personal pride is the most important, and to ignore the negative people and always stay positive.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
Some goals I have set for myself so far in the Air Force is to get senior airman below the zone, finish up my bachelor's degree and become and officer, as well as getting the chance to play for the Air Force softball team.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
The most interesting place I've traveled to was London, England. It was a very cool to experience and notice the difference in the way daily life is there compared to here in the United States.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
If I could had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world it would have to be Chipper Jones, a baseball player for the Atlanta Braves who retired this year. I would like to meet him because he has been my favorite baseball player since I was young.