Airman Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Shane Rushforth

Staff Sgt. Shane Rushforth, 51st Fighter Wing chaplain's assistant. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

Staff Sgt. Shane Rushforth, 51st Fighter Wing chaplain's assistant. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Name: Staff Sgt. Shane Rushforth

Unit: 51st Fighter Wing Chapel

Job title: NCOIC, Chapel Program Support

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: As a chaplain assistant assigned to Osan Air Base, I help protect the free exercise of religion of all military members, civilians, contractors, and their dependants on Osan AB through facilitating worship services, providing the opportunity for confidential counseling, and advising leadership on religious, moral, ethical and morale issues. I am a NEO warden for the 51st Fighter Wing Staff Agencies, as such I ensure the dependants of the members assigned to my unit that may be currently residing in Korea are ready to depart for a safe haven if something happens that could possibly put them in harm's way. This ensures the members can focus on their mission and not have to worry about their family in a time of crisis. I serve as the publicity monitor for the Osan AB Chapel, I help keep the Osan community aware of all the opportunities we offer to worship, serve, volunteer, and celebrate with others around the base who share the same beliefs as they do. Finally, I serve as one of two safeTALK trainers assigned to Osan AB; as a safeTALK trainer I teach suicide prevention techniques to Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines around Korea.

Time in the military: 10 years

Time at Osan: 11 Months

DEROS: Feb 2012

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Hobbies: Singing, Hiking, Camping, Trail Running, Long Distance Running, and working out at the Osan Fitness Center.

Why did you join the military? I joined the military to see the world, to gain skills I can use to make a significant impact on my community, and for educational opportunities.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? In 10 years I hope to see myself a superintendant of a large chapel as a master sergeant. In 20 years I would like to be a worship leader at my church in Olympia, WA.

What do you do for fun here?
On the weekends I like to go to the Hospitality House, sing on the contemporary service praise team and travel around Korea.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? During one of my first deployments as an aircraft maintainer I replaced a critical component on an aircraft just prior to takeoff that had a direct mission impact on the rescue of PFC Jessica Lynch.

Who are your role models? My role models are Pastor Dave Minton from my home church in Olympia, WA; Joel Houston, a worship leader from Hillsong Church Sydney, Australia, Pastor Louie Giglio from Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, and Ch, Col Robert Cannon, Wing Chaplain from Travis AFB, CA.