Warrior of the Week: Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Belair

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Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Belair, 71st Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of host aviation resource management, was selected as Warrior of the Week because "he spent his work days fine-tuning processes that all of our instructors and student pilots use on a daily basis," according to his former supervisor, Lt. Col. Steven Fournier, 33rd Flying Training Squadron commander.
"He is positively affecting hundreds of new aviators and young Airmen at their first-duty location," he said.
Sergeant Belair started work in the HARM Tuesday, but his Warrior of the Week nomination is based on his previous five months as the NCO in charge of the 8th and 33rd FTS' aviation resource management office.
Sergeant Belair arrived from Hurlburt Field, Fla., in March and quickly went to work improving the flight authorization process and training profiles allowing the instructor pilots to spend more time flying with the students and getting them through training faster.
"That's my job," he said. "It's what I am supposed to do."
The modest Blackwell, Okla., native requested Vance Air Force Base even though he admits the reason he initially joined the military was to get away from Oklahoma. He was able to see some of the world with duties in Florida and Panama, but he's glad to be back home where he can spend time with his parents, who still reside in Blackwell, his wife Jenny and twins Jeremy and Trenton.
Sergeant Belair plans to take advantage of his time at Vance to accomplish several goals. He is preparing to enroll in school to complete the remainder of his airport management degree and begin studying for promotion to master sergeant. He would like to make senior master sergeant before leaving Vance, and ultimately plans to make chief.
Sergeant Belair also tries to squeeze in Farsi lessons to add to his repertoire of language skills to ensure his competitiveness of returning to Hurlburt's 6th SOS' Foreign Internal Defense organization. Foreign language proficiency is mandated for this organization and Sergeant Belair learned Arabic during his previous duty there.
Finally, he plans to get a certificate as a firefighter or emergency medical technician before he leaves Enid. While military is not a legacy in his family, medical and firefighting is. When he finally retires, he said he'd like to have all his certificates ready to be able to enter his career of choice.