366th Security Forces Squadron names Warrior of the Week

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- -- Officials with the 366th Security Forces Squadron recently named the following person as their Warrior of the Week.

Candidate's rank and name: Senior Airman Tony Wagner

Unit and duty title: 366th Security Forces Squadron, resource advisor

Time in Air Force: Three years and nine months

Time at Mountain Home Air Force Base: One year and two months

Hometown [city and state]: Angola, Ind.

Hobbies: Bowling, golf and softball.

What service does Senior Airman Wagner provide to the Gunfighters? I advise the 366th Security Forces commander on potential issues and provide ethical and efficient solutions to guarantee the continued success of the best medium Security Forces Squadron in Air Combat Command. As the squadron's Government Travel Card administrator, I prevent the misuse of government funds as well as the degradation of personnel movements vital to the mission abroad. I coordinate logistic funding with multiple organizations around the wing to ensure the defenders can complete the mission and sustain base defense operations.

Most memorable Air Force moment: As an Airman 1st Class, I was tasked with detaining individuals who were stealing from Balad Air Base, Iraq. I was exhilarated about the opportunity to take action but reserved about the decisions I may have to make in the heat of the moment. I walked outside the gate with my team to stop the theft that was taking place. The Airmen beside me shouted "halt" in Arabic and immediately gave chase to those who began to flee. Most of the personnel piled into a truck to escape. After stopping the vehicle, my fellow defenders and I found three children under the age of five in the bed. At that time, I realized my training saved my life and the life of those who were being detained.

Interesting personal fact:
I met my wife in the 3rd grade.

Why does Senior Airman Wagner deserve to be a warrior of the week? Wagner truly epitomizes the Air Force's whole person concept. As the resource advisor he excels in a position traditionally dedicated for an experienced Tech. Sgt. or Master Sgt. In his short time as resource advisor, he has procured functional Combat Arms funds from the 366th Fighter Wing, saving the squadron $14,000. He also extensively researched and developed an air combat capital budget plan, freeing $10,000 in overseas contingency operations funds for the unit. In addition to his mission dedication, he has completed six courses with a 4.0 grade point average, which has set him up to complete his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice in December. Wagner is also involved in his community and led the overhaul of the Mountain Home Youth Ranch Center which saved the facility over $1,000. It has been my distinct honor to serve with this military professional, and I look forward to watching him grow and lead.
-- Master Sgt. Cassie Letendre, 366th Security Forces Squadron, logistics superintendant