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Square D Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Larry Lucas

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Larry Lucas, 100th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of quality assurance from Valdosta, Ga., checks the quality of survival vests July 29, 2015, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Lucas was nominated for the Square D Spotlight for portraying the core value of Service Before Self. (U.S. Air Force photo by Gina Randall/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Larry Lucas, 100th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of quality assurance from Valdosta, Ga., checks the quality of survival vests July 29, 2015, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Lucas was nominated for the Square D Spotlight for portraying the core value of Service Before Self. (U.S. Air Force photo by Gina Randall/Released)

RAF MILDENHALL, England --

Name and Rank: Tech. Sgt. Larry Lucas

Unit: 100th Operation Support Squadron

Duty Title: NCO in charge and Quality Assurance of Air Crew Flight Equipment

Time in Service: 11 years, 7 months

Time at Mildenhall: 1 year

Hometown: Valdosta, Ga.

Hobbies: Weight training, photography and genealogy

Core Value Portrayed: Service Before Self

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
Serving in the Air Force is important to me because it gives me the best opportunity to polish and complete my personal and career goals. I also enjoy the camaraderie and history the Air Force provides and unfolds.

What accomplishment during your Air Force career are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of packing a parachute that was used to save an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot's life during a 2012 ejection.

What are your personal and/or professional goals?
My goals are completing NCO Academy Course 15 and finishing my Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is training, mentoring, and working beside exceptional people on a daily basis.

How does the individual portray that core value?
"Tech. Sgt. Lucas portrays Service Before Self because due to current low manning and a vacant senior NCO position, Lucas stepped up and took the role of aircrew flight equipment superintendent for two months," said Capt. John Michael Ayers, 351st Air Refueling Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment officer in charge. "He also juggled the quality assurance NCOIC job. Manning these two positions at once called for long hours, early mornings and weekends. Not once did he complain or give up. He gave 110 percent to the mission and to his flight to get the job done, with zero mission failures."