22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman Trevor Rhynes
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

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.

Staff Sgt. Arthur Hinojos, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief manager, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of June 15 through 21.

Hinojos, a Bakersfield, California native, joined the Air Force in November 2003 and has been a member of Team McConnell since July 2010.

He coordinates between operations schedulers and section chiefs, making sure maintenance personnel accompany aircraft off station to ensure that safe and reliable aircraft are available to accomplish their mission and return home safely.

"Staff Sgt. Hinojos ensures we remain the center of air refueling excellence by providing highly skilled flying crew chiefs to the fight anytime, anywhere," said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Crabtree, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent. 

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?

My father was the most influential person in my life.  He instilled in me to put 100 percent of me into whatever I choose to do and be proud of the products I put out.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?

I would have to suggest getting their Community College of the Air Force degree done soon that way you can focus on other things in your career. It is harder to finish out degrees later in your career due to increased responsibility and decreased personal time.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?

The goal I'm working on is to finish my CCAF by next summer.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?

During my time as a flying crew chief, I've been all over the world, but I think my favorite place was Puerto Rico. It is completely breath taking, and had awesome snorkeling!

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

I think meeting the Chief of Staff of the Air Force would be a great opportunity for great mentoring.