22nd ARW Airman 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 Air Refueling Wing commander's intents: Foster a culture of excellence ... Develop the next generation of leaders ... Set and achieve goals.

Staff Sgt. Marlon Lancaster, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Protocol NCO in charge, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of July 23 to July 27, 2012.

As the NCOIC, Lancaster is responsible for monitoring the various activities the protocol office organizes and coordinates, including wing ceremonies. They maintain and operate a database of several hundred military and civilian contacts for the 22nd ARW commander. They also coordinate host-base support and courtesies for a multitude of visiting general and flag officers from all branches of service.

"Staff Sgt. Lancaster is one of the most professional Airmen I have met," said Capt. Antonio Rodriguez, 22nd ARW Protocol chief. "He always gives 110 percent when he is given a task and makes sure it is accomplished in a timely manner."

Lancaster joined the Air Force in 2000 and has been stationed at McConnell since October 2005. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jordan, and their two daughters, Averi, 4, and Emri, 2. Some of his hobbies include playing in the McConnell Intramural Softball League, working out and going to school.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My wife is the most positive thing in my life. She is a full-time mother, worker, student and teacher. She is always on the move and has energy to do everything well and deal with me.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
Take your time when it comes to career decisions within the Air Force and do what is right for you. Make sure to do what you enjoy doing.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
I've already accomplished making it past my ten year time-in-service mark, and someday I hope to become a first sergeant.

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 Italy. Its rich culture and beauty have always appealed to me.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would like to meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was so influential and smart. I would like to talk to him and get his take on what society is like today.