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May 17, 2012

Warrior of the Week May 18, 2012

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Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior:

Senior Airman Alex N. Donovan

Senior Airman Alex N. Donovan

Family: Parents: Mike Donovan & Karen Knight

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Unit: 355 OSS/OSAT

Job title: Air Traffic Controller, Tower

Job description: Provides air traffic control services in the US Air Force’s only limited approach control tower supporting 50,000 annual flight operations, regulating the flow of air traffic in support of 11 flying squadrons.  Coordinates with the FAA to ensure aircraft separation and flight safety in complex airspace bordered by an international airport.

Most rewarding job aspect: Developing apprentice controllers

Goals: To make rank, develop leadership skills, and obtain Bachelor’s degree

Hobbies: Working out, playing guitar, and video games

Favorite performer: Tool (band)

Favorite dish: Macaroni & Cheese

I’m proudest of: 2010 DMAFB Air Traffic Controller of the Year

Best asset: Humor

Person I admire most: My father

Pet peeve: When people are impractical when making decisions or using judgment

What I like most about D-M: I enjoy working the Heritage Flight Conference, air show, Operation Snowbird as it greatly aids in my development as an Airman and as a controller.

355 OSS at a glance

355th OG Commander: Col. Samuel P. Milam

355th OSS commander: Lt. Col. Kim N. Campbell

355th OSS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Christopher D. Reams

Squadron Motto: “Guide those who fly”




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