Wild Weasel of the Week: Airman 1st Class Edgar Fernandez
The 35th Civil Engineer Squadron chose Airman 1st Class Edgar Fernandez, firefighter, as its Wild Weasel of the Week.
What's your daily mission?
Life safety, fire control and property conservation. We put the wet "stuff" on the red stuff.
What do you enjoy about your job?
The adrenaline rush I get when responding to emergencies, especially during reports of smoke or fire.
Why did you choose to serve in the military?
I chose to serve in the military because I wanted to take on the challenge, as well as travel and see the world.
What is your favorite thing about being in Japan?
The local nationals are my favorite part about being in Japan. They are kind and fun to work with.
Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him/her?
My supervisor Staff Sgt. Heil is my favorite mentor. I learned to stay calm during emergencies and even through day-to-day life situations just from watching him as my crew chief. He taught to look at the brighter side of things.
Time in Misawa: 1.5 years
Time in the military: 2.5 years
Goals you want to achieve or meet while in Misawa?
I want to become a crew chief (team lead).
Supervisor's remarks: "Airman 1st Class Fernandez has contributed to the success of the Fire Emergency Services Flight, especially during our manning shortage. He has stepped up and accepted challenges/responsibilities above his pay grade. 'This honor truly deserved'." - Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Farrow, 35 CES B-shift assistant chief of operations.