GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Who: Senior Airman Shane Myers
Unit: 17th Security Forces Squadron
Duty Title: Military Working Dog Handler
This spotlight features Senior Airman Shane Myers, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler. Goodfellow Air Force Base is Myers’ second duty station, hailing from Houston, Texas. Someday Myers wants to become a game warden for Texas.
How does your job support the 17th Training Wing's mission?
I detect, deter, and deny would be adversaries from getting on to the base. As a Military Working Dog team, we also search for and are able to locate explosives.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
I love training with Hugo, my K-9 partner. Almost every day I learn something about myself and more and more about Hugo and his abilities and how to hone those skills.
What has been your biggest challenge in the military, and how did you overcome that challenge?
Compared to civilian life, just being in the military is a challenge. It’s a lot more work and time away from family but I love that the military has given me a stable job and consistent income. Every day that I succeed is a challenge that I’ve overcome. It’s continuous.
What has been your most memorable experience in the military?
Graduation. Graduation from Basic Military Training, security forces tech school and the handlers course. My stay at Minot Air Force Base was very memorable too.
What is one piece of information or advice you would like to pass on?
Keep a positive mental attitude. Shut up and color.