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22nd CS Airman earns spotlight performer

Airman 1st Class Ellyse Mooney, 22nd Communications Squadron information assurance technician, poses with Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, Oct. 15, 2015, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Mooney was received the spotlight performer for the week of Oct. 4 - 10. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

Airman 1st Class Ellyse Mooney, 22nd Communications Squadron information assurance technician, poses with Col. Albert Miller, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, Oct. 15, 2015, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Mooney was received the spotlight performer for the week of Oct. 4 - 10. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Airman 1st Class Ellyse Mooney, 22nd Communications Squadron information assurance technician, received the spotlight performer the week of Oct. 4 - 10.

As an information assurance technician, Mooney provides support to 22nd Air Refueling Wing communications security and assists in base-wide computer security compliance.

"While maintaining a demanding workload in her wing cyber security office, she focused herself on the career development course, scoring a 90 percent and making the honor roll on her first volume, a rarity in the communications squadron," said Master Sgt. Jason Stewart, 22nd CS first sergeant. "Her initiative speaks volumes to what her future holds in the Air Force." 

Mooney joined the Air Force in December 2014 and arrived at McConnell in May 2015. She enjoys reading, volunteering, golfing and honing her skills as a chef in her off-duty time.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My mom is the most positive influence in my life, because growing up we traveled a lot, and she was always the greatest foundation for my brothers and I. She taught each of us to be thoughtful and considerate, focused and diligent. She loves us unconditionally and pushes us to be the best that we can be, not for anyone or anything, but for ourselves.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why? 
My advice is to be open to new experiences. Learn as much as you can and set career and personal goals to ensure growth in all areas of your life.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career? 
Getting my degree in computer science and travelling are goals that I'd like to accomplish.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way? 
Living in Hawaii for seven years was the most interesting because of the culture and the natural beauty of the island.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why? 
I think Pope Francis would be a pretty fascinating person to meet. He's interestingly different, classic, but current at the same time, both politically and spiritually. He's got a huge presence but still seems very humble.