Warrior of the Week: Tech. Sgt. Crystal Lopez

Tech. Sgt. Crystal Lopez, 319th Air Base Wing legal office NCO-in-charge, poses for a picture in the courtroom Sept. 30, 2015, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Lopez was selected as the Warrior of the Week for the first week of October 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Crystal Lopez, 319th Air Base Wing legal office NCO-in-charge, poses for a picture in the courtroom Sept. 30, 2015, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Lopez was selected as the Warrior of the Week for the first week of October 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks/Released)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --  Name: Tech. Sgt. Crystal Lopez

Unit: 319th Air Base Wing Judge Advocate

Duty title: Legal Office NCO-in-charge

Time in service: 15 Years

Time on station:  4 Years

Hometown:  St. Johns, Arizona

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?

It has been a huge part of my life and helped make me the person I am today. It has provided me with experiences that have made me a better person and set me up for the moment I decide to open up a new chapter of my life after retirement.

What moment or accomplishment as a Warrior of the North are you most proud of and why?

As a member of the 319th Air Base Wing Judge Advocate, I would have to say that the accomplishment I am most proud of is our "Excellent" rating in our recent Article 6 inspection, which is the first in Air Mobility Command. I am proud because this helped in my selection as AMC's NCO Paralegal of the year for 2015.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is working one-on-one with the attorneys and helping Airmen with legal assistance.

Who or what inspires you and why?

My family inspires me. I try to be the best example I can be for my kids and be the person they look up to. Most of all, my husband inspires me because he pushes me to do my best and be the best NCO I can be. My family makes me a better person.

What's the first thing that made you think Grand Forks Air Force Base was a cool place other than the temperature or weather?

It is a small base and very family-oriented, but what got me the most was that the Grand Forks AFB school had a great educational program for school-aged kids.

Do you have any military service family members or anyone close to you that has served? If so when and where did they serve?

My father was in the United States Marine Corps in 1953. My father did tours in Japan and Korea.