22nd OSS Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class 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 ARW commander's intents: Foster a culture of excellence ... Develop the next generation of leaders ... Set and achieve goals.

Staff Sgt. Staci Harden, 22nd Operations Support Squadron combined squadron operations center NCO in charge, was selected as the 22nd Air Refueling Wing spotlight performer for the week of May 21 to 25, 2012.

Harden was selected as the OSS Sharp Eagle NCO of the first quarter for work she did as the CSOC NCOIC and was recognized by Col. Ricky Rupp, 22nd ARW commander, for her outstanding support to the tornado evacuation efforts on the day of the EF3 tornado. Her efforts help in saving $800 million in flying assets. On the same day, she showcased the "Total Dispatch," to Maj. Gen. Mark Kyle, 4th Air Force commander, during his visit to our 931st Air Refueling Group partners.

Harden was selected by her functional manager to inspect the Squadron Aviation Resource Management and the Host Aviation Resource Management at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

As the CSOC NCOIC, Harden performs SARM functions related to scheduling, standardization and evaluation, flying and ground training, aviation flight records, parachutist jump records and squadron operations. Additionally, she operates and maintains the Aviation Resource Management System.

Harden entered the Air Force in June 1999 and has been stationed at McConnell since March 2008. She lives with her husband Christopher and sons, Matthew, 11, and Andrew, 9. In her free time, the Albuquerque, N.M., native enjoys reading, playing with her boys and hanging out with family and friends.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
The person that has the most influence in my life is my dad. My dad raised me to be respectful and always give 110 percent in everything that I do. He is my sounding-board when I need advice.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
My advice to a new Airman would be to learn everything you can about your job. Take pride in what you do and always help others because you may need them to help you one day.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
The one goal that I would like to accomplish would be to finish my bachelor's degree.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
Spain is the most interesting place that I have seen. I really enjoyed the times that I was able to travel around and see the cities. They have some of the most amazing buildings. The cathedrals are so beautiful. The people are really cool and help you understand their way of living.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
If I could meet anybody in the world, it would be Stone Cold Steve Austin. I want to meet him because he is a great entertainer and he reminds me a lot of my dad!