Chief Shadow: Senior Airman Chad Barber

Chief Master Sgt. Vegas Clark, 39th Air Base Wing command chief, stands with Senior Airman Chad Barber, 39th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance technician, in the 39th ABW conference room before beginning Barber’s chief shadow day March 4, 2016. Airmen are chosen for the command chief’s shadow program based on their commander’s recommendation for their dedication to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Jasper/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Vegas Clark, 39th Air Base Wing command chief, stands with Senior Airman Chad Barber, 39th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance technician, in the 39th ABW conference room before beginning Barber’s chief shadow day March 4, 2016. Airmen are chosen for the command chief’s shadow program based on their commander’s recommendation for their dedication to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Jasper/Released)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Name/rank: Senior Airman Chad Barber

Squadron: 39th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight

Job title: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Journeyman

Job description and how do you contribute to the 39 ABW's mission?

As an explosive ordnance disposal technician on Incirlik Air Base, I provide explosives knowledge and expertise while contributing a wide range of capabilities to include:  neutralizing improvised explosive devices and preparing for combat operations.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish while at Incirlik?

While at Incirlik, I hope to travel Europe and experience different cultures.

What has been your biggest lesson learned in the Air Force? 

My biggest lesson in the Air Force so far has been how important it is to do something right the first time and how costly even small mistakes can be.

Who inspires you?

Ultimate Fighting Championship champion Conor McGregor because of his tenacity and unwavering belief in himself.

What is your number one goal?

My goal is to provide a good life for my family and be able to look back on my career with pride.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years I see myself as a Senior NCO possibly fulfilling a Major Command position or leading a flight.