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TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - Meet the Warrior of the Week - Staff Sgt. Michael Overman, a KC-135 crew chief deployed from the 92nd AMXS, Fairchild AFB, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stacy Moless)
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Warrior of the Week: Staff Sgt. Michael Overman

Posted 3/4/2011   Updated 3/4/2011 Email story   Print story


by 376th Air Expeditionary Wing
Public Affairs

3/4/2011 - 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. Staff Sgt. Michael Overman is a 376th Expeditionary Maintenance Group crew chief deployed from the 92nd AMXS, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.

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

What do you do on a daily basis at Manas? Start the day off working out at the gym. Next I go to work and turn fuel into freedom by recovering, servicing, and launching KC-135 aircraft. Return back to my room for the second highlight of my day, which is contacting my family in the states.

What do you enjoy about being at Manas?  Knowing that the aircrafts that I serviced, inspected and repaired on a daily basis plays a vital part in the safety of our troops while also aiding the fight down range.

Why did you choose to serve in the military?  As a child, I always wanted to work on airplanes and the Air Force allows me to do that while serving my country proudly. It doesn't get any better than that.

How do you feel what you do contribute to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM? After inspecting, servicing, and repairing the KC-135 aircraft and seeing it take off, I am confident it is ready to provide gas to a bomber or fighter that will support our troops down range.

Family:  Wife and two daughters

Time at Manas: 48 days so far/ 13th deployment here

Time in military:  9 years and 8 months

Greatest accomplishment: Raising my daughters while having a great relationship with my wife.

Goals you want to achieve or meet while at Manas: Get into better shape to pass the PT test with over a 95, and study to make TSgt.

Hobbies: Ride motorcycles, ride horses, camping, hunting, and anything outdoors.

Your best habit: Striving not to have bad ones.

Favorite Quote: "No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair," - Gen. George Patton and "Get er done," - Larry the Cable Guy

Favorite movies: City Slickers, It, Blue Collar Comedy Tours
Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him/her:  My grandpa. He taught me that you should always respect people, until they give you a reason not to.

If you could spend one hour with any person, who would it be and why: My Uncle Joe. He was a Vietnam vet who earned the Purple Heart for multiple gunshot wounds. His courage under fire inspired me to consider the armed forces as a career, and I would like to shake his hand then tell him from a military standpoint, "Thank you for your service."

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