17th TRW Service Member of the Week: Airman 1st Class Zachary Heimbuch

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  • By By Staff Sgt. Tyrell Hall
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

The 17th Training Wing Public Affairs office is dedicated to projecting airpower, bolstering the information battle space, and informing the public. They deter our adversaries through highlighting the achievements, accomplishments, and advancements of the Air Force.

Airman 1st Class Zachary Heimbuch, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs specialist, helps manage public affairs social media platforms, is a unit Physical Training Leader, was a 5-time top PT performer in his technical school, was noted as one of the top 3 public affairs production specialists in 2022, and was the premier photographer for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Brown visit along with six other distinguished visitors.

“I love this career field, I’ve always wanted to work with a camera,” said Heimbuch. “Working as a public affairs Airman, I get to show the world the 17th Training Wing mission and what makes us integral to the Air Force mission.”

Heimbuch was trained in tech school to master both photo and video techniques and is one of the first Airmen to enter the public affairs career field with the 3N0X6 Air Force Specialty Code, a hybrid of the previously separate photo and video career fields.

“Public Affairs is the link between the military and the outside world” said Heimbuch. “We tell the story of what our service members do on base and throughout the world.”

Master Sgt. Jocelyn Ford, 17th TRW PA superintendent, said he is always looking for ways to expand his knowledge of the career field and often volunteers for new opportunities.

“Heimbuch shows up every day with a positive attitude, ready for any task that comes his way,” said Ford. “He never turns down a challenge and strives for excellence. I can say without a doubt, his attitude positively impacts the workplace, and we are lucky to have him as part of our team.”

In recognition of his exceptional work and tireless dedication, the 17th TRW leadership named him ‘Service Member of the Week.’

“It is nice to be recognized and having leadership notice my impact gives me perspective on what I’m able to achieve here,” said Heimbuch. “I’ve had a ton of help learning my job and finding my footing at this base, I couldn’t ask for a better team to start my career with.”