Airman Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Donnel Carney

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Unit: 51st Force Support Squadron

Job title: 51st Fight Wing Honor Guard NCOIC

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: Our primary mission and sole purpose is to render honors at military and civil ceremonies such as retirements, change of commands, and all official military functions. Also training sharp Airmen to become Ceremonial Guardsmen.

Impact- PROMOTES the Mission, PROTECT the Standards, PERFECT the Image, and PRESERVE the Heritage!

Time in the military: 6 years

Time at Osan: 7 Months

DEROS: May 2012

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Hobbies: Boxing and playing the drums

Why did you join the military? To travel and for school

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? I see myself retiring in Florida maybe even heading back to Texas. Graduating with my Master's degree in Business Administration.

What do you do for fun here? I play basketball, coach the flag football team, and hang out with the guys at Osan lounge.

What's your favorite Air Force memory or story? Attending a very educational seminar with Gen. Norton Schwartz and also being coined by him.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? My 2008 deployment when I established a secure communication line on my convoy teams SINGARS/ Radios while we received small arms fire traveling throughout Baghdad, Iraq to insure the safety of my team. Also in 2008 I returned from my deployment to a 2 month old baby girl!

Who are your role models? Chief Master Sgt. Juan Lewis, Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Lloyd (retired) and Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers. These men taught me the importance of hard work and dedication. I thank you all for the many talks and mentoring sessions we had.