Wild Weasel of the Week Airman 1st Class Brittany E. Dolney

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 Operations Support Squadron chose Airman 1st Class Brittany E. Dolney, airfield management shift lead from Odenton, Maryland, to be their Wild Weasel of the Week.

What's your daily mission? 
To enhance aircraft and airfield safety. We respond to all in-flight and ground emergencies on the flightline. We conduct daily checks of the entire airfield and lighting system. We track all aircraft departing and arriving at Misawa AB to make sure they have landed safely.

What do you enjoy about your job?
Everything that happens on the airfield is our responsibility and everything that we do has a purpose. Whether it's creating a restriction on the airfield or determining the braking action on the runway, our timely decisions can ensure that our aircraft and their passengers are safe while on our airfield.

Why did you choose to serve in the military? 
Before I joined, I was working three jobs at a time while going to school.  I lived with my mother and sister and helped them pay the bills while trying to pay for college as well. It became tiresome and I eventually stopped taking classes. I wanted more for myself and to be able to help support my family. My brother and father were in the Navy, so I've always idolized the military. I chose the Air Force to start my own life for myself and haven't regretted it once.

What is your favorite thing about being in Japan?  
The culture in Japan is incredible. I've never seen so many festivals where people get together and celebrate. Japan is a truly beautiful country, with the most breathtaking sights I've ever seen. I adore it here.

Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him/her?
So far in my short career, I've come to really admire and look up to my supervisor, Staff Sgt. James Thompson. He is an amazing person to work with. My time with him as my supervisor has been extremely rewarding. He constantly challenges me and has great faith in me. I think as you're starting out in your career, you need someone in your corner cheering you on and pushing you to become all you can be. He is that for me.

Time in Misawa: 1 year, 4 months

Time in military: 1 year, 8 months

Goals you want to achieve or meet while in Misawa?
I hope to make senior airman below the zone and finish my Community College of the Air Force degree. I also hope to make staff sergeant next year and possibly conquer my bachelor's degree by the end of my enlistment.