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Airman Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Naomi Harper

Staff Sgt. Naomi Harper, 621st Air Control Squadron

Staff Sgt. Naomi Harper, 621st Air Control Squadron

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Unit: 621st Air Control Squadron, Current Operations

Job title: Data systems technician

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: Responsible for Battle Control System-Korea equipment interface supporting command and control across the ROK. Provides technical/operational assistance to the senior director; manages time-sensitive radio frequency changes. Supports C2 execution of JCS-directed reconnaissance/intelligence gathering.

Time in the military: Four years

Time at Osan: Three months

DEROS: May 2011

Family: Marilyn Harper, mom; Vincent Harper, dad; Tabitha and Teddy McDaniel, sister and her husband; Rachel and Nykita James, sister and her husband; Sarah Harper, sister

Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, shopping, working out and traveling

Why did you join the military? I joined to take advantage of the educational opportunities, to travel, and to serve my country.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? In 10 years, I see myself married possibly having a child. In 20 years, I would like to be retired with financial freedom and choosing how I would like to spend my days.

What do you do for fun here? I enjoy cooking, baking, hanging out with my friends, and traveling whenever I get the chance ... and of course, shopping.

What's your favorite Air Force memory or story? When I was in Iraq last year and we hadn't had a day off in about a month, two friends and I decided to have a room party. We danced for two hours, told embarrassing stories about ourselves and each other, laughed and just enjoyed each other's company. Since it was the first time being deployed for all three of us it was the stress reliever we each needed and it made us better friends as well.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? Putting staff sergeant on in less than four years

Who are your role models? My sister, Rachel James, has had many unfortunate events happen to her - events that break many people - but she has kept her head up and pushes through. My second role model is Tech. Sgt. Bonnie Lame Bull - she is an excellent example of what the Air Force prides itself on. She's a great NCO who cares about her people and encourages them to better themselves. She is always willing to teach younger NCOs to be great and to show us the path to good leadership.