349th ARS member earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Armando A. Schwier-Morales
  • 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 Joe Amador, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, demonstrated all three of the commander's intents as the 349th ARS's mobility workhorse, said squadron representatives.

Recently, Amador guaranteed an accurate recall roster was available during life-threatening tornado outbreak, assured squadron members remained 100 percent certified to deploy, increased his fitness test score by six percent, and completed his Career Development Courses one month ahead of schedule with an 87 percent score.

He accomplished all of this while balancing flying missions, completing Community College of the Air Force courses and volunteering both in the squadron and in the local community.

"I could not think of a better future leader to highlight as our squadron's Spotlight Performer than Amn Amador," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Goggin, 349th ARS commander.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
The most positive influence in my life would have to be Aaliyah, my daughter, due to the fact that she opened my eyes and made me realize that what I'm doing is best for my family.

What would you like to accomplish during your Air Force career?
By the end of my Air Force commitment I want to make sure I have my bachelor's degree, to make it a little bit easier in the civilian life, and enough money saved up so my family wouldn't have to struggle when we do get out.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
The most interesting place I've traveled to would have to be Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. The culture was amazing and all around you! Not to mention how extremely polite the locals were.

What is your favorite book/ movie and why?
My favorite book would have to be "A Child Called It," by Dave Pelzer. To know that children go through this everyday and these same children are growing up with the same problems as everybody else does makes me realize how great of parents I had and can't thank them enough for raising me the way I was raised.

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 probably have to be Michael Jordan to ask him one question: Where did he find the strength and willpower to battle not only the flu but also another championship team in game five of the 1997 NBA finals? In my eyes that is the definition of the Air Force core values.