22nd OSS Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman 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 Emmanuel Nava, 22nd Operations Support Squadron intelligence standards and evaluations journeyman, received the spotlight performer for the week of June 6-10.


Nava conducts threat analysis and training for more than 300 aircrew in support of conventional and special operations. He also evaluates and certifies intelligence personnel on threat systems and enemy tactics, techniques and procedures.


"Senior Airman Nava has outshined and outperformed peers in both home station and contingency environments," said Tech. Sgt. Allen Clawson, 22nd Operations Support Squadron acting intelligence flight superintendent. “I hope to see Staff Sgt. Nava soon.”


Nava, a Glen Ellyn, Illinois, native, joined the Air Force in May 2011 and arrived at McConnell in February 2012. His hobbies include soccer, working on cars and watching movies.


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

My mother is the most positive influence in my life. She taught me to be strong and never give up even when you are losing. She also told me to thank everyone that teaches you and gives you advice.


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

My advice to new Airmen is to never give up. When you are struggling, use that as fuel to keep going because at the end of it you will overcome and be on top. Be a better person than the day before.


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

I have accomplished a lot in my career to include Senior Airman Below the Zone. I would like to visit the world and make staff sergeant.


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

The most interesting place I’ve traveled to is South Korea. Going to a different country and learning about their culture and language really interests me.


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

I would like to meet Lionel Messi, the professional soccer player. One of my inspirations to keep playing soccer is him, and I would like to thank him for giving me that inspiration.