Warrior of the Week: Senior Airman Kelsey Owens

Senior Airman Kelsey Owens, 319th Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operations Center controller, maintains records of security measures taken throughout the day and dispatches forces to incidents when necessary on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 10, 2015. Owens was selected as Warrior of the Week for the second week of August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bonnie Grantham/Released)

Senior Airman Kelsey Owens, 319th Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operations Center controller, maintains records of security measures taken throughout the day and dispatches forces to incidents when necessary on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 10, 2015. Owens was selected as Warrior of the Week for the second week of August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bonnie Grantham/Released)

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

Duty title: Base Defense Operations Center Controller

Time in service: 5 years

Time on station: 1 year 2 months

Hometown: Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
Serving in the Air Force is important to me because it gives me a sense of pride in being a part of something bigger than myself.


What moment or accomplishment as a Warrior of the North are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of being recently hired to join our training section. Being entrusted with the responsibility of training not only new defenders but also maintaining annual training for the squadron is a big accomplishment in my book.


What is your favorite part of your job?
I don't have one specific thing that is my favorite part of my job. Everything about being security forces is rewarding from training new Airmen to being that sense of safety for fellow Airmen during hard times.

Who inspires you and why?
Throughout my career I've been given the opportunity to work for great leaders. Their leadership abilities and commitment to the Airmen working for them continues to inspire me.


What's the first thing that made you think Grand Forks AFB is a cool place other than the temperature or weather?
Having moved here from a larger joint base, I would have to say the coolest part of Grand Forks AFB for me would be the small hometown feeling you get from the community here.