Red Tails Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Michael Coffey

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Coffey, 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, stands next to a truck at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia Nov. 22, 2017. Coffey transports cargo and personnel from base to base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Coffey, 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, stands next to a truck at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia Nov. 22, 2017. Coffey transports cargo and personnel from base to base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Airman 1st Class Michael Coffey, 407th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, is the newest Red Tails spotlight, a series highlighting the Airmen of the 322nd Air Expeditionary Wing.

Why did you decide to join the Air Force and why do you continue to serve?

I joined the Air Force to be a huge role model in my children's life and also to keep my family safe. I continue to serve because of the rewarding moments that come with the job.

What is one of your proudest achievements in your military career?

My proudest achievement in my career would have to be deploying to this base, and the hard work that I have put into this mission.

What is your contribution to the 332nd AEW mission?

My contribution to the 332nd AEW mission is mainly moving cargo and munitions from base to base. I have transported 499,948 tons of cargo and munitions. I contributed to transporting 153 passengers, to their airlifts going back home to the US or even going to [other bases], and I unloaded the water trucks that bring us our clean and pure bottled waters which totaled to 107,657 tons. I also contributed to [coalition partners] by transporting cargo and passengers.

Is there a leader, from your career or personal life, who influenced you? If so, who, and how did they affect the way you've approached your Air Force career?

When I decided to join the Air Force, my recruiter was my main influence on joining, Staff Sgt. Ceaser, out of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Staff Sgt Ceaser showed me how great of a life the Air Force brought him, also explained to me all the benefits it has on families and how rewarding the Air Force will be in your career.

Airmen often face a significant challenge or watershed moment early on in their careers that influence their formation as leaders. Did you have any moments like these that helped shape you into the Airman you are today?

Once I moved to my home station base and started training on all the vehicles I operate, I noticed how quick and efficient I was learning. Once I received all my certifications for these vehicles, it opened my eyes on how crucial our career field is and how much of an impact I can create.

What values and ethics are the most important to you?

My family is the most important to me, everyday waking up and seeing how proud my wife and daughter are when I put the uniform on. Family values are the main reason I have enlisted in the Air Force and which will keep my in for a whole career.

What are some of your goals for the future?

My main goal is to become a chief master sergeant, and improve this career field and promote morale to influence other Airman in making the Air Force a career.