22nd MXS Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier
  • 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 Nicholas Durette, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman, was selected as the 22nd Air Refueling Wing spotlight performer for the week of Aug. 26 to 30.

Since arriving at McConnell AFB in November 2009, he has earned a reputation as "the hardest working Airman in the Aerospace Ground Equipment flight," said Staff Sgt. Edward Lee, 22nd MXS aerospace ground equipment journeyman.

The inspections, tests and regular maintenance he has provided over the years has prevented equipment from malfunctioning during exercises and missions.

"He is a highly skilled technician and is able to inspire confidence in others through his core knowledge and job mentorship." said Lee. "His uplifting personality makes the demanding work environment a more enjoyable place to be."

When he is not in uniform, Durette spends leisure time with his family at home where he works on cars, home improvement projects, and plays videogames.

The men of his immediate family also have military backgrounds. Justin, his brother is a U.S. Army private first class, and James, his father, is a retired U.S. Army master sergeant.

"He will make an exceptional staff sergeant in the near future as he continually works hard to better himself and the Airmen around him," said Lee.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My daughter is the most positive influence in my life. She is the reason I have stepped up in my career so that I can make her proud no matter what I do. I want her to put me down as an answer if she ever comes across a question like this.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
I want to emphasize to new Airmen to always ask questions, no matter how petty it might be to you or others. Correct knowledge is the key to success.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
I would like to be a technical school instructor or a field training detachment instructor for my career field.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
The most interesting place I have traveled to would be Qatar. It is the newest chapter in my life and I enjoyed the culture and different foods offered.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would like to meet Nikola Tesla because he was an engineering genius. One day, I would like to become as great as him.