384th ARS Airman earns spotlight performer Published Aug. 4, 2016 By Senior Airman David Bernal Del Agua 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs 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. Tech. Sgt. Marcus Barnes, 384th Air Refueling Squadron operations superintendent, received the spotlight performer for the week of June 20 - 24. Barnes duties include managing daily squadron flight and training operations. "Tech. Sgt. Barnes leads from the front, is well respected by the tanker community and is first to volunteer for the tough tasks," said Lt. Col. Eric Hallberg, 384th ARS commander. “When it comes to mission accomplishment, taking care of Airmen and NCO leadership, he sets the standard for others to follow.” Barnes, a Fenville, Michigan, native, joined the Air Force in August 2004 and arrived at McConnell in July 2012. His hobbies include being a good husband and father, coin collecting and auto restoration. Who is the most positive influence in your life and why? My grandfather was my biggest influence. His entire life exemplified a lifetime of hard work and loyalty. His World War II service inspired me from a young age. If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why? It would be to take care of the people around you and they will lift you to the top. What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career? Thirteen years ago I joined the Air Force to get a four-year degree, then get out to start a business. I completed my degree, but love serving others so much that I stayed in to help out. Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way? I traveled to Japan. The culture there is so different from the United States. I have a hard time imagining life in such a different cultural environment. If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why? If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be Martin Luther King, Jr. His dream of equality for all people based on merit is inspiring to me. The idea that one’s race has nothing to do with their entitlements or accomplishments gives the idea of a perfect utopia. I wish I could carry on his ideals.