Each week a member of the 35th Fighter Wing is selected as the Wild Weasel of the Week. This individual is recognized based on superior performance, outstanding work ethic, and overall good conduct and discipline.

The 35th Communications Squadron chose Senior Airman Philip Kengin, radio frequency transmission systems technician, to be their Wild Weasel of the Week.

What is your daily mission?
We are required to ensure all equipment that helps support the AN/GSC-52 (satellite terminal) is operational and performing properly. We also ensure that the Giant Voice, also known as the Ultra Voice System, is tuned and calibrated so that any messages, alerts, or warnings can be put out to the base. Additionally, we maintain radios such as the PRC-117F and GRC-211.

What do you enjoy about your job?
The people I work with; they are very reliable and motivated when it comes to getting things done. I also enjoy getting hands-on experience with the pieces of equipment that we work on for troubleshooting and training purposes.

Why did you choose to serve in the Air Force?
I chose the Air Force because I saw it would open many doors to new experiences and education, while allowing me to travel to places I might not have otherwise been able to.

What is your favorite thing about living in Japan?
The local population because they're so polite and helpful, and the food which is unique and delicious.

Who has been your best mentor and what have they taught you?
Staff Sgt. Edward Kauffman because he's a great motivator and has really taught me a lot about the mission we have here.

How long have you been stationed at Misawa?
One year, 10 months.

How long have you been in the Air Force?
Two years, 7 months.

What goals do you want to meet while at Misawa?
I want to get my CCAF and see as much of Japan as I can before my time comes to leave.

What goals do you want to meet during your Air Force career?
I have always wanted to make the Air Force a career, and some of my goals include motivating others around me and pursuing further education.

Supervisor's comments:
"Airman Kengin is an excellent Airman who excels at any task thrown his way. When our site goes down due to a malfunction, his peers look to him to help learn about and fix the problem. His noncommissioned officers regularly give him tasks knowing he will go above and beyond to complete them." - Staff Sgt. John V. Nowotarski III