Warrior of the Week: SrA Jonathan Burns
TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- Senior Airman Jonathan Burns, 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron journeyman, stays vigilant at the Transit Center at Manas, recently. Airman Burns has been recognized as the Warrior of the Week for Manas where he defends and protects the assets of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing. He is deployed from the Arkansas Air National Guard 189th SFS at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and is originally from Cabot, Ark. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)
WARRIOR OF THE WEEK: Senior Airman Jonathan Burns, 376th ESFS

by 376th Air Expeditionary Wing
Public Affairs

8/11/2009 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan  -- Every week, a member of the Wing is selected by his/her unit leadership as the Warrior of the Week. This individual is recognized based on an outstanding performance, good conduct and work ethics, and more importantly, for a job well done.

Meet this week's Warrior of the Week.

Senior Airman Jonathan Burns, a Security Forces Journeyman, is assigned to the 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron.

Airman Burns is deployed here 189th Security Forces Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and he hails from Cabot, Ark.

Here is what Airman Burns has to say about himself and his deployment to the Transit Center at Manas.

What do you enjoy about being at Manas?: I enjoy my job. I also enjoy working with and meeting new people from all over, I am very proud to do so.

Why did you choose to serve in the military?: I come from an Air force family, my father served for over 20 years. The Air force feels like home to me, I am proud to do my part out of love of my country.

How do you feel about your contributions to Manas mission?: I am very proud to contribute to the GWOT. Our mission at Manas is to support the efforts downrange. My specific contribution is to provide security for those (here) and that provide security for us all (downrange), and that is a good feeling. I am fortunate this is my first deployment because I have seen that through the efforts of all Airmen, working together in every career field, just how special the Air Force really is. 

Hometown: Cabot, Ark.

Family:. Wife, and daughter, Katie (2 years old)

Time at Manas: Six months

Time in military: 3 years

Greatest accomplishment: I feel joining the military was the great accomplishment for me. It has opened a lot of opportunities for me and my family.
Goals you want to achieve or meet while at Manas: I set a fitness goal for myself to increase my bench press.

Hobbies: I am a hobby-less man, although I do enjoy playing golf.

Your best habit: Looking both ways before crossing the street.

Favorite Quote: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it." -W.C. Fields 

Favorite movies: I am a big fan of surrealism. I enjoy everything David Lynch has ever done; Inland Empire, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr., Elephant Man, Dune

Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him/her: The most influential person I have ever known was my father. He taught me to be honest and brave when pursuing my dreams. 

If you could spend one hour with any person, who would it be and why: I would love to have a meaningless hour long conversation with Jack Kerouac about nothing. 

If you could go any where on a vacation for one hour with any person, who would it be and why: My wife because I miss her dearly.

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