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Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. David Flores

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT WORTH JOINT RESERVE BASE, Texas -- Tech. Sgt. David Flores, 73rd Aerial Port Squadron unit training manager, shares why he joined the military and his career goals while being interviewed for Spotlight July 14, 2018. The Spotlight series gives a behind-the-scenes look at the men and women who are the driving force of the 301st Fighter Wing.

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT WORTH JOINT RESERVE BASE, Texas -- Tech. Sgt. David Flores, 73rd Aerial Port Squadron unit training manager, shares why he joined the military and his career goals while being interviewed for Spotlight July 14, 2018. The Spotlight series gives a behind-the-scenes look at the men and women who are the driving force of the 301st Fighter Wing.

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT WORTH JOINT RESERVE BASE, Texas --

In this edition of Spotlight Tech. Sgt. David Flores, a 73rd Aerial Port Squadron unit training manager, shares why he joined the military and his career goals.

Q: What did you want to do as a kid?

Flores: As a kid, I wanted to do what I think a lot of kids wanted to do, which is be a pilot. I wanted to fly jets.

 

Q: Why did you join the military?

Flores: You know, it’s kind of a clichéd answer, but I really did want to serve my country. I wanted to be part of the uniformed service. My father was in the Air Force; he served in Vietnam. I joined really late, actually. But being in that position, being the age that I was, my mindset wasn’t to gain stuff from joining the Air Force, it was to contribute and to serve. So, that’s why I joined.

 

Q: What are your hobbies?

Flores: Well, these days my hobbies are a lot of Air Force work, a lot of additional duties. But I do have some firearms. I do like to shoot. Martial Arts training, which I guess you could consider that a hobby, was a way of life for a long time for me. And family, hanging out with kids. I have a lot of those and that’s a real big thing for me, work-life balance, and trying to spend enough time with the family.

 

Q: What is something people don’t as well about you?

Flores: Oh boy, well, I don’t know if I want people to know everything about me, but I think what a lot of people might be surprised to know about me is my long-term study of Chinese Kung Fu. Most people say I’m pretty friendly, open, but they’ve never seen a different, more aggressive side of me that can be there when I need it. But they would never guess, I don’t think, that I have a pretty strong Martial Arts background. It’s something that I think catches people off guard sometimes. That and my limited knowledge of Cantonese.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

Flores: That’s a tough one. I think it’s the people, really. That’s what I enjoy the most about being out here. [Seeing the] airplanes and jets are cool. That’s always fun, but I don’t get to do that a whole lot. So coming out here and being in this position especially, the unit training manager, gives me a lot of opportunity to interact with the squadron and various members of all levels. Sometimes I get to talk to officers, which is something I’m always trying to work on. So I think having the chance to talk to people, and interact with everybody, and affect good change, a positive change with their training is what I enjoy most about it.

 

Q: What are your career goals?

Flores: Well, what’s in front of me right now is going for that next stripe. I just completed NCO Academy. So that brings me closer to achieving that goal and I think first sergeant is something I’m eyeballing in the not too distant future. Probably the same as a lots of people. I want to get as far as I can, as high as I can, see as much of the world and the Air Force as I can. So I’m pretty open with what that might look like, but I do know I have a good short-term plan in place. I whole-heartedly believe in Servant Leadership and throughout my career that’s what I want to cultivate and demonstrate.

 

Q: What would you say to people who might want to join the reserve, but think it’s too late to do so?   

Flores: Do it! One thing I learned in basic training was age is just a number. You can be 30 and not know in military terms as much as the 20-year-old sitting next to you. You do have some advantages in life experiences, but I say do it. It’s never too late. I joined at 30 and I was at the top-10 percent of my flight. I was doing things physically I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do, but I did, and found some good motivation. So yeah, it’s never too late.

 

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Flores: Have a fine Air Force Day!