Goodfellow 17th Training Wing student spotlight

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Airman 1st Class Brad Gallik, 312th Training Squadron student, is the newest 17th Training Group student of the month spotlight, a series highlighting Team Goodfellow members.

Airman 1st Class Devin Boyer, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs photojournalist: What led you to join the Air Force?

Gallik: I joined the Air National Guard so I could become a firefighter for the Air Force. I want to get the certifications so I could someday become a firefighter in Ohio.

What’s been the most impactful moment in your career so far?

I really like the leadership opportunities. I was assigned an element leader at basic military training the first week I was there, and I kept the position for the full eight and a half weeks. Everyone would come to me for help and I really enjoyed that. Whenever they had a problem or were scared, they would just come to me for help, and that ensured me to feel calmer and confident because I wasn’t just there for myself; I was there for others.

What is your life like off duty?

I was working out a lot. I would go and do sprints and run long distance on the back trails, but since I started fourth block training at the fire academy, I mostly relax after school. Fourth block consists of hose pulls, fighting live fires and being exposed to a lot of heat. It’s a lot of physical work for long periods of time.

What do you want to accomplish during your time here at Goodfellow Air Force Base?

I want to get good grades and really learn the material so that I can eventually get hired in the city of Dayton, Cincinnati or something like that.