Square D Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Dury Ayers
By , 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 23, 2015
RAF MILDENHALL, England --
Name and Rank: Tech. Sgt. Dury Ayers
Unit: 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Duty Title: NCO in charge of Deployment Operations
Time in Service: 15 years
Time at Mildenhall: 1 year
Hometown: Lackland AFB, Texas
Hobbies: Traveling, fishing, siteseeing, anything outdoors.
Core Value Portrayed: Service Before Self
Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
Being in a family of whom many have served in the Air Force, including my mom, dad, sister, brother-n-law, cousin, aunt, several uncles and grandfather; it was kind of a calling for me. Having both my mom and dad in the military and moving from base to base, the way of living became normal. I serve to continue my family name and to make my family proud. It has been a journey filled with ups and downs, but being able to have my family members as mentors and wingmen and wingwomen has made me a better Airman and person. I serve because they've served!
What accomplishment during your Air Force career are you most proud of?
Throughout my career I've served in two different career fields - visual information and logistics plans. I would have to say that the accomplishment I'm most proud of is when I worked as a visual information craftsman and had the privilege and opportunity to work at two joint commands US Strategic Command and US Central Command as a video teleconferencing technician. While serving as a VTC tech, I was in charge of setting up, managing and trouble-shooting all Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications Systems VTCs chaired by generals such as our current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, or the current USCENTCOM commander, Gen. Lloyd Austin III. Being responsible for expensive state-of-the-art equipment, being entrusted by the Armed Forces top leadership to carry out these duties, and the notoriety that came along with my job, had to be the most rewarding experience and accomplishment for me to date.
What are your personal and/or professional goals?
My personal goals are to achieve my Community College of the Air Force degree, continue onward toward my bachelor's degree and become as profitable as I can be as a near-future/post retirement civilian. My professional goals entail career progression, and finding better ways of contributing to and balancing on duty with off-duty time.
What is your favorite part of your job?
As a current logistics planner and being the NCO in charge of the 100th Air Refueling Wing deployment operations, my team and I directly impact many of the real-world contingency operations. In a nut shell, our responsibility is to ensure the timely deployment of warfighters to the area of operation in support of the combatant commander's requirements. Often, logistics planners work long hours, many weekends and the job can be thankless at times, but knowing that what you do makes a difference in the world and saves lives is the part I find most enjoyable.