Warrior of the Week: Staff Sgt. Steven Wencel

Staff Sgt. Steven Wencel, 319th Communications Squadron client systems supervisor, pauses from his duties for a photo on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 8, 2015. Wencel was selected Warrior of the Week for the second week of October 2015. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Bonnie Grantham/released)

Staff Sgt. Steven Wencel, 319th Communications Squadron client systems supervisor, pauses from his duties for a photo on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 8, 2015. Wencel was selected Warrior of the Week for the second week of October 2015. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Bonnie Grantham/released)

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

Duty title: Client Systems Supervisor

Time in service: 4 years, 11 months

Time on station: 4 years, 5 months

Hometown: Pine Island, Minnesota

1. Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
My grandfather was in the Air Force, and I always looked up to him. I know he's proud of the things I accomplish while serving my country.

2. What moment or accomplishment as a Warrior of the North are you most proud of and why?
When I moved from High Frequency Global Communication Systems to the client systems technician shop I worked to get the patching script used to mitigate vulnerabilities for newly imaged and severely out of date computers on the network to run more smoothly. It took about a week of self-taught scripting to get it to the point that it would run through completely autonomously.

3. What is your favorite part of your job?
I love fixing computers. Solving problems and trying to find the best solution has always been my passion.

4. Who inspires you and why?
Everyone inspires me. Each person has a particular skill or interest that they are dedicated to. Someone might have a great family, and be an amazing father, and that inspires me to try harder in my own personal life. Another person might have a vast technical knowledge of their job, and that inspires me to learn as much about my own job to try and match their expertise. I could find an example for anyone.

5. What's the first thing that made you think Grand Forks AFB is a cool place other than the temperature or weather?
Towards the end of technical school I got my assignment to Grand Forks AFB, and my sponsor contacted me to let me know I would be joining the HF Nation. I thought it was cool to be going to such a small niche in the Client Systems career field.