349th ARS Airman earns spotlight perfomer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jose L. Leon
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating one or more of the 22nd ARW commander's intents: Foster a culture of excellence ... Develop the next generation of leaders ... Set and achieve goals.

Airman 1st Class Alexis Mitchell, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of Oct. 8 to 12, 2012.

As a boom operator, Mitchell is responsible for air refueling, loading cargo, monitoring passengers and maintaining flight staffing for the 349th ARS.

Mitchell has been in the Air Force since November 2010, and has been at McConnell for a year. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer and tennis, going to the movies and relaxing with friends.

Mitchell has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, flying 32 combat sorties.

"Mitchell was nominated for being a hard working Airman and performing above her rank," said Senior Master Sgt. Justin Johansen, 349th ARS superintendant. "While at home station she has excelled in her duties and has become a squadron executive to the commander."

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
I wouldn't say there is just one person. There are two people who influence me the most, my parents. They did a great job raising me and all I want to do is make them proud. I like to think that the way I perform my job reflects the way I was brought up.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
My advice to a new Airman would be to not slack off when you get here. Just because you are not at a training base anymore doesn't mean you can stop working hard. Still apply yourself and make a good impression.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
Right now I am focusing on my short term goal of finishing my Community College of the Air Force degree. I am currently taking online classes to get the last credits I need. My Long term goal is to get a bachelors degree by the time my six-year enlistment is up.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
The most interesting place I have been is Ramstein Air Base, Germany. I was only there for a short period of time; however, I found it to very beautiful and exciting. I would go back in a heartbeat!

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
If there was anyone in the world I could meet, it would have to be Steven Spielberg. I am a movie lover and a big fan of his movies. I would like to just sit and pick his brain about past, present and future works.