Warrior of the Week: Joel Carey

Senior Airman Joel Carey, 319th Air Base Wing Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, supervises new members of the honor guard July 8, 2015 during a six-man flag fold practice on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Carey was named warrior of the week for the second week of July 2015. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/released)

Senior Airman Joel Carey, 319th Air Base Wing Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, supervises new members of the honor guard July 8, 2015 during a six-man flag fold practice on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Carey was named warrior of the week for the second week of July 2015. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/released)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

Name: Senior Airman Joel Carey

Unit: Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard

Duty title: Ceremonial Guardsman

Time in service: 2 years

Time on station:1 year, 6 months

Hometown: Agusta, Kansas

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. My grandpa used to serve in the military working with aircraft so it's nice to also be serving; following in his footsteps in a way.

What moment or accomplishment as a Warrior of the North are you most proud of and why?
I am proud to be a part of the Honor Guard team, there isn't just a single moment for me; the feeling of pride while handing the flag off to the next of kin is something special.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is being able to present funeral honors for veterans of the Air Force.

Who or what inspires you and why?
My dad inspires me, because he is a hard worker and does all he can to provide for his family!

What's the first thing that made you think Grand Forks Air Force Base was a cool place other than the temperature or weather?
The first thing that made me think this base was cool was the family orientation. As a married man, this was a good place to transition to from the civilian lifestyle.