17th Training Wing Spotlight

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  • By Senior Airman Jermaine Ayers
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Sutton, military language instructor is the 17th Training Wing Service Member of the Week for Oct. 26. He was recognized for his hard work and outstanding performance in his career field as a military language instructor.


1. How does your job support the 17th Training Wing's mission?

As a military language instructor, I provide language instruction and mentorship to 17th TRW Airmen during their 47 weeks of the Persian-Farsi Basic Course. My job is to help them succeed academically with the end goal of passing the defense language proficiency test.


2. What do you find most rewarding about your work?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is when I am in the classroom teaching. The course takes about a year, I see the students develop as Airmen and future cryptologic language analysts and then ultimately walk across the stage at graduation.


3. What has been your biggest challenge in the military, and how did you overcome that challenge?

Working in a joint service environment can be challenging at times, but it is also gratifying. To overcome the challenges of being a joint service school, it was essential to become familiar with each service's regulations and how they operate. Communication is vital, and each of us helps one another because we have the same mission.


4. What has been your most memorable experience in the military?

My most memorable experience in the military will be my time spent here in the 314th TRS. I have learned more in my three years here than in the previous seven years of my career. I've had some of the best mentors during my time here and I have also learned a lot from each of my students.


5. What is one piece of information or advice you would like to pass on?

Find a good work-life balance. It's easy to get overwhelmed, and it's essential to find something that helps you decompress and relieve that stress that can build up over time from work.