by Airman 1st Class Heather Hayward
366 Fighter Wing Public Affairs
7/18/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Officials with the 389th Fighter Squadron recently named the following person as their Warrior of the Week.
Candidate's rank and name: Capt. Daniel Joyce
Unit and duty title: 389th Fighter Squadron, director of staff
Time in Air Force: Nine years
Time at Mountain Home Air Force Base: Eight months
Hometown [city and state]: Wayne, N.J.
Hobbies: Home renovation, bike riding and spending time with family
What service does Capt. Joyce provide to the Gunfighters? Capt. Joyce serves the Gunfighters in two primary capacities. He is an evaluator pilot who administers check rides to the F-15E pilots and Weapon Systems Officers as well as instructor aviators who are undergoing upgrades. Additionally, as the director of staff of the 389th Fighter Squadron, Joyce works closely with the commander to ensure that important administrative tasks such as enlisted performance reviews, officer performance reviews, awards and decorations are completed.
Most memorable Air Force moment. Please explain why it is memorable? The most memorable moment of my career occurred while deployed to Bagram in 2007. I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and was tasked with striking a fleeting high value target. We tracked the target to the outskirts of a town. He was fleeing by pickup truck and we were able to neutralize him while he was driving through the desert at a fast rate.
Interesting personal fact: I am an avid mixed martial arts fan and have more than 500 events on DVD.
Why does Capt. Joyce deserve to be a warrior of the week? Joyce's dedication to the Gunfighters and especially the T-Bolts has been evident since his arrival in the squadron in November. He came to the Gunfighters from Seymour Johnson and transitioned extremely quickly and effectively. His experience and expertise has been invaluable to the T-Bolts as they've been through a myriad of successful high visibility temporary duty assignments since the squadron's return from Afghanistan. Joyce is an invaluable member of the Gunfighter team. His professionalism and work ethic make a critical asset to the F-15E community.