Rock Solid Warrior: Tech. Sgt. Lance Halverson

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly
  • 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

This week’s Rock Solid Warrior is Tech. Sgt. Lance Halverson, the assistant flight sergeant and base security zone supervisor assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, deployed from the 133rd Airlift Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard Base, St. Paul, Minn.

The Rock Solid Warrior program is a way to recognize and spotlight the Airmen of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing for their positive impact and commitment to the mission.

What is your current job title and unit?
Assistant Flight Sergeant and Base Security Zone Supervisor

Which squadron and base are you deployed from?

133rd Security Forces Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard Base, St. Paul, Minn.

Why did you join the Air Force?
The reason I joined the military was because of my grandfather. He was a B-17 co-pilot during WWII. I loved sitting around as a kid listening to the stories he would tell me about the war and all the sketchy situations he got into while he was flying. After that I knew I wanted to serve my country.

How is your deployed unit/job different from your home unit/job?
While deployed I get the opportunity to work flight operations ensuring installation base security is maintained at its highest level. Back home I work full-time with my guard unit as a support member. I’m in charge of making sure our units reports are done correctly as well as maintaining the base’s electronic security system.

What are some of your professional and personal goals?

My professional goal was to complete my NCOA, which I completed. My personal goal was to get into better shape and complete the Air Force half-marathon for the second time while deployed which I was able to accomplish.

What is your favorite part of your mission here?

My favorite part of the mission here is being able to conduct key leader engagements with local camp owners. Part of working outside the base in the base security zone is being able to build that rapport with the local nationals, build trust and establish that flow of information which in turn helps us maintain security around the base.

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies include: Camping with my wife and two boys, softball, golfing, running, weightlifting and playing fantasy football.

What are some of the challenges you face here? How do you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges that I face here is establishing a work life vs home life balance. I have to make sure that I keep my mind focused on work and making sure that security of the base is continuously maintained. I also have to make sure things back home are running smoothly. I am able overcome these challenges by having the ability to talk to my wife and boys daily.

 

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