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Warrior of the Week
TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - Meet the Warrior of the Week. Tech Sgt. Austin Hetland is an aircraft fuel systems craftsman with the 376th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, deployed from the 319th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He hails from Manhattan, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Bevier)
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Warrior of the Week: Tech. Sgt. Austin Hetland

Posted 9/10/2010   Updated 9/10/2010 Email story   Print story


by 376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

9/10/2010 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- Every week, a member of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing is selected as the Warrior of the Week. This individual is recognized based on outstanding performance, good conduct, work ethic, and most importantly, for a job well done.

Meet the Warrior of the Week. Tech. Sgt. Austin Hetland is a 376th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Fuel Systems Craftsman deployed from 319th AMXS, Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He hails from Manhattan, Kan.

Here's what Sergeant Hetland has to say about himself and his deployment to the Transit Center at Manas.

What do you do on a daily basis at Manas? I manage back shop programs, personnel on night shift, and perform aircraft fuel systems maintenance. I also assist other sections with aircraft maintenance (refueling, defueling, turning aircraft in preparation for next flight), age with equipment towing, and supply with delivering part to aircraft when help is needed.

What do you enjoy about being at Manas? That most of the host nation personnel on Manas are friendly and sociable. The military personnel I worked with during this air expeditionary force have been very cooperative and willing to work with each other on every occasion.

Why did you choose to serve in the military? I joined the military to serve my country.

How do you feel what you do contributes to Operation Enduring Freedom? Fixing aircraft as quickly and safely as possible to help bring air power to the war fighters down range.

Family: Natalia Hetland, wife

Time at Manas: May 2010

Time in military: 14 years

Greatest accomplishment: Being there for others when at all possible.

Goals you want to achieve or meet while at Manas: Means this is my first time here, I wanted to see what the local area was like and how the host nation people reacted.

Hobbies: Repairing vehicles, shooting guns, trail riding.

Favorite movies: Band of Brother, We were Soldiers.

Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him/her? I really don't have a favorite mentor. I take in everything I can from anyone willing to share their knowledge, and then share it to all who are willing to learn.

If you could spend one hour with any person, who would it be and why? I really don't have any one person in mind to spend one hour with, I am always looking out for the troops that work under me and trying to make sure they are getting the needed knowledge when needed even when they are down on their luck.

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