Airman Spotlight: SSgt Mario Tomasello
By Staff Reports, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published March 18, 2014
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Unit: 36th Fighter Squadron
Job title: Knowledge Operator
Job description and its impact on the overall mission: As the 36th FS NCO in charge of knowledge operations, I have a direct link to the 36th FS and 51st FW mission. I provide 47 pilots and 7 support personnel the means to access computer accounts and acquire the equipment necessary to conduct the F-16 flying mission at Osan. My secondary duties entail helping maintain the squadron's official records and allocating proper access to all squadron programs regarding flying operations.
Time in the military: Four years
Time at Osan: Four months
DEROS: Nov. 2014
Family: Mother, father, one older sisters, and one younger brother
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Hobbies: Football, basketball, playing video games, working out, and traveling
Why did you join the military? I was living my life in circles and always knew I was destined to do something more. I wanted to do something that represented more than just myself and travel the world so after a long talk with my grandfather I spoke to a recruiter.
Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? As a recipient of the First Sergeant of the year award
What do you do for fun here? Go to Seoul or numerous ITT trips
What's your favorite Air Force memory or story? The first time I put on staff sergeant and realized how much hard work really pays off
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I'm most proud of joining the Air Force and remaining in school and will be finishing my degree in the next few years. I'm also proud to have made rank and have received orders overseas to be able to see the thing that few others can say they have.
Who are your role models? Jesus Christ, Bruce Lee, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and John Brown (MSgt Brown), Offutt AFB First Sergeant.