22nd CES Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Katrina M. Brisbin
  • 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 Willie Hatcher, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator, was selected as the 22nd Air Refueling Wing spotlight performer for the week of July 30 to Aug. 3, 2012.

Hatcher has met all of the 22nd ARW commander's intentions.

As a pavement and construction equipment operator, Hatcher constructs and maintains concrete and asphalt runways, aircraft parking aprons and roads by operating and maintaining heavy construction equipment.

Recently, Hatcher was a member of the team of civil engineers who expanded the Krueger Recreation Area Fam-Camp. This project increased the recreation area 35 percent and doubled the amount of RV parking slots on McConnell.

"As a squadron physical training leader, Hatcher fosters a culture of health and wellness," said Stephen Matthews, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron deputy base civil engineer. "This led to the 22 CES being the number one squadron in the wing for percent of excellent scores on the Air Force physical fitness test."

Hatcher has been in the Air Force since February 2011 and has been stationed at McConnell for one year. In his spare time, the Chicago, Ill., native enjoys exercising and playing sports.
Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
The most positive influence in my life is my father. He has always pushed me to want more in life and taught me the value of hard work.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
New Airman should take advantage of the day God gave them by never missing the opportunity to get better. Never be hesitant to step out of your comfort zone because you will miss out on the chance to grow and build confidence.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
One goal that I would like to accomplish during my Air Force career is to earn a 99 percent on a PT test.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
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If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
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