349th ARS member earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Laura L. Valentine
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Capt. Daniel Ouper, 349th Air Refueling Squadron executive officer, has been in the Air Force for four years and has been stationed at McConnell for two years with his wife, Bronwyn. The Aurora, Ill., native's hobbies include water and snow skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving and ultimate frisbee.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My parents were the most positive influence in my life because they encouraged my interests and pushed me to always become a better person.

What would you like to accomplish during your Air Force career?
I would like to make it through my entire Air Force career and never get so focused on small details and processes that I lose sight of the more important things, like the people I work with and the mission.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
Rome, Italy, was the most interesting place I have traveled. The amount of history that took place in that city is amazing. It is also interesting to see how modern culture co-exists with ancient structures.

What is your favorite book/ movie and why?
My favorite book is "Blink" by Malcolm Galdwell. The book encourages you to take a second look at situations and ideas you otherwise would have written off. My favorite movie is the "The Pentagon Wars" because it always makes me laugh and reminds me that it is important to constantly evaluate your priorities.

If you have the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would meet Marcus Aurelius. After reading some of his writings, I would be interested in discussing how he viewed the world. I would also like to see if his ideas and actions matched up to what he wrote, or if his writings were just an idealistic perspective of the world he lived in.