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Airman Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Justino Rodrigo

Airman 1st Class Justino Rodrigo, 36th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt Raymond Mills)

Airman 1st Class Justino Rodrigo, 36th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt Raymond Mills)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Job Title: Aviation Resource Management

Job Description and its impact on the overall mission: Our job is to provide maximum support to the F-16 pilots in order for them to execute their mission. We make sure they are good with all their training before they fly, publish Flight Authorizations, and act as the focal point of communication between Operations and Maintenance.

Time in the military: 8 Months

Time at Osan: 4 Months

DEROS: 18 March 2013

Family: Back home I have my mother, stepfather, 2 younger sisters and a younger brother

Hometown and State: Johnston, R.I.

Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, playing guitar, traveling and outdoor type events like hiking and rock climbing.

Why did you join the military: Well the primary reason was to do something that would make my family proud of me. I wanted to challenge myself while accomplish something outside the norm, and joining the Air Force has always been in the back of my mind throughout high school. Then one day I decided to take a chance and enlist, and I must say that I'm happy with my decision.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? Well I've always been one to try things out of my comfort level so in 20 years, I see myself traveling the world and experiencing things that I've always dreamed of doing.

What do you do for fun here? When I have the opportunity, I like to travel far away from the base to really get a sense of where I really am. It's neat to go to certain places and realize that there are no Americans to help you if you're lost so, that gives you a sense of how far from home you really are.

What is your favorite Air Force memory or story so far? When I was in tech school in Mississippi, I volunteered to do this parade for Mardi Gras in the town we were in. It was me and about 50 other Airmen, dressed in our blues with each of us holding a state flag while marching in formation. The actual March through the town had to have been about an hour and the temperature was blazing hot but, the memory is something I'll take with me for the rest of my life. Thousands of people cheered us on and thanked us for our service while the flags blew in what little wind there was. It was at that moment that I realized what we represented wearing the uniform.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I would have to say that the accomplishment that I am most proud of is graduating Basic Training. I remember getting to Lackland AFB the first night and thinking to myself that there wasn't any way I'd be able to last 8 and half weeks of that but, with time and a lot of effort, 59 trainees and myself became Airmen during that graduation weekend. It was the proudest moment of my life especially knowing that my Mom was there to witness it!

Who are your role models? My biggest role model has always been my mom. With her raising me by herself along with my other siblings amazes me to this day and I go with stride everyday knowing that I'm making her smile on the other side of the world. Also, some of my other role models are my superiors because without them, I wouldn't be the sharp Airman I am today.