22nd Security Forces Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class David Bernal Del Agua
  • 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.

Senior Airman Patrick McMullen, 22nd Security Forces Squadron patrolman, was chosen as the 22nd Air Refueling Wing spotlight performer for the week of June 2 through June 6.

McMullen, a Dallas native, joined the Air Force in September 2010 and arrived at McConnell in March 2012.

He provides security to the base as a security forces Airman and he is also a physical deterrent for outside threats.

"Senior Airman McMullen excelled as a member of our elite gate guard team protecting thousands of Team McConnell members," said Master Sgt. Rickie Jones, 22nd SFS operations superintendent. "He has also recently deployed as a response force member responsible for securing war fighting assets as well as conducting joint forces surveillance training which increased our mission capabilities while deployed. During his tenure, at both home station and abroad, he exuded the Air Force core values with his selfless dedication and mission-first attitude."

McMullen enjoys playing and watching football on his time off, as well as doing power lifting workouts.

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

My kids are the most influential people in my life, mainly because they dictate everything I do and plan on doing. I want to set the best example I can for them so they have a good foundation growing up. If I ever start to steer in the wrong direction, I think about how they would see me and that thought alone brings me back to the right path.

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

The advice I would give to new Airmen is to learn from and respect those who came before you. They've been in longer and chances are they have a lot of military related knowledge, so be a sponge, soak in that positive stuff and grow from there.

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

My goal would be to have at least a bachelor's degree by the time I leave the Air Force, whenever that may be.

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

Korea has been the most interesting place I have travelled to so far. When I first got there I was in complete culture shock, since it was my first time overseas. After some time, the country grew on me. It was an experience I wouldn't trade because of all the new things I learned and the people I met.

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

I would like to meet Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I mean, who wouldn't want to meet him?