Warrior of the Week: Senior Airman David Chacon

Senior Airman David Chacon, 319th Communications Squadron High Frequency Global Communication System radio technician, helps operate one of two HFGCS sites in the United States at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, Dec. 21, 2015. Chacon was selected for Warrior of the Week for the fourth week of December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bonnie Grantham/Released)

Senior Airman David Chacon, 319th Communications Squadron High Frequency Global Communication System radio technician, helps operate one of two HFGCS sites in the United States at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, Dec. 21, 2015. Chacon was selected for Warrior of the Week for the fourth week of December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bonnie Grantham/Released)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Unit: 319th Communications Squadron

Duty title: High Frequency Global Communication System radio technician

Time in service: 3 years 3 months

Time on station: 2 years 8 months

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

1. Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
Serving is important to me because I am a first generation American and therefore the first to serve. The Air Force is a way for me to give back to the country that gave so much to my family. Also, I would like to be a positive example to my family and all other first generation Americans in this country.

2. What moment or accomplishment as a Warrior of the North are you most proud of and why?
While working in HFGCS, we are exposed to a more diverse work center than in technical school. In High Frequency, we facilitate the advancement of not only important security measures, but also enable men and women who are overseas to communicate with what is one of the utmost important things at home: family. It's the little things we do in HF that make the job both interesting and rewarding.

3. What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is that I know I am part of a broader place in history. Our job enables us to cultivate a safer, more affable and overall more neighborly global climate.


4. Who inspires you and why?
My family inspires me. They went through a great deal of hardship to ensure my siblings and I would have the best life possible and be given the same equality of opportunity that makes the American Dream so great for all immigrants. I want to make them proud of me and the sacrifices they made.

5. What's the first thing that made you think Grand Forks AFB is a cool place other than the temperature or weather?
Growing up in Florida, I had never seen snow before being stationed here. I love the outdoors and all outdoor activities such as fishing and camping, but before being here there were things I just couldn't do due to the lack of cold weather.