22nd CONS Airmen earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Victor J. Caputo
  • 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.

Tech. Sgt. David Jackson, 22nd Contracting Squadron Simplified Acquisitions contracting specialist, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of Oct. 1-5, 2012.

As a contracting specialist, Jackson manages, performs and administers contracting functions for commodities, services and construction using simplified acquisition procedures, negotiation and other approved methods.

Jackson has been the Air Force since December 1999, and has been at McConnell for more than a year. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his son, many outdoor activities and running.

He was recognized for his attention to detail and consistent ability to perform as expected.

"Jackson 'set and achieve goals' by making the 2012 air show a success through awarding six requirements to include rental vehicles, smoke oil for the Thunderbirds and other performers to include the Commemorative Air Force Red Tails," said Maj. David Villarreal, 22nd CONS commander. "In addition to this, his attention to detail saved the wing $20,000 in contract costs."

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My father is the most positive influence in my life. He spent twenty years as an infantryman sleeping in tents to make sure my family was taken care of. When I was a kid, I didn't really understand everything that he sacrificed to ensure we had a good life.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
I would tell them to keep an open mind and try not to dwell on the negative side of things.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career? I would like to hopefully become a first sergeant and retire from the Air Force. I definitely wouldn't mind becoming a chief master sergeant one day.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
The most interesting place I have ever been to is Diego Garcia in 2002. I had an all expenses paid three-month vacation to a tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean; what more can you ask for?

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would like to meet Leonardo da Vinci. His ideas were centuries ahead of his time. I want to know what he would come up with if he were alive today.