Warrior of the Week: Airman Dylan Meek

Airman Dylan Meek, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, poses in front of a fire truck July 17, 2015 on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Meek was named Warrior of the Week for the third week of July 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro/released)

Airman Dylan Meek, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, poses in front of a fire truck July 17, 2015 on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Meek was named Warrior of the Week for the third week of July 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro/released)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Name: Dylan James Meek

Unit: 319th Civil Engineer Squadron

Duty title: Firefighter

Time in service: 10 Months

Time on station: 3 Months

Hometown:  Gardner, Kan.

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
It fulfills my duty to serve this country.  I wanted to join the military ever since I heard my friend talk about all the benefits such as education opportunities, healthcare advantages and financial assistance. My friend also told me about how much fun he was having in the military.

What moment or accomplishment as a Warrior of the North are you most proud of and why?
My most proud moment as a Warrior of the North was when our work shift from the fire department volunteered together at "Pancakes for Princess," which was a local charity event in East Grand Forks. All the money we raised went towards the Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks. We had about 13 volunteer's both military and civilian, which helped cook and served everyone pancakes.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Training is my favorite part of my job. In the Fire Department our training pushes Airmen mentally and physically to their full potential, we work as a team while have fun. We train every shift whether it's fighting fires, search and rescue, rapid intervention training, medical training, forcible entry, vehicle extrication, or much more.

Who or what inspires you and why?
The rich culture of the Fire Department inspires me to learn my job in order to be professional, proficient, and passionate about firefighting.

What's the first thing that made you think Grand Forks Air Force Base was a cool place other than the temperature or weather?
What I like about GFAFB is the community; everybody is very close to each other because this is such a small base.

Do you have any military service or anyone close to you? If so when and where did they serve?
No, I am the first member of my family to serve in the military.