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Hitting the ground running

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  • By Senior Airman Chip Slack
  • 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Getting to a new duty location can be a stressful event for Airmen of any rank. For some First Term Airmen, the time it takes to get acclimated to the active-duty Air Force can be quite lengthy.

However, for Airman 1st Class Conner Brush, 33rd Special Operations Squadron MQ-9 sensor operator, acclimating to his new life at Cannon has been seamless.

Brush’s work ethic and dedication to duty shined not only through flying, but also in his professional development.

“Brush not only earned the coveted Spirit 03 Top Performer Award from mission qualification training, but he hit the ground running at the 33rd SOS by completing the rigorous Moving Target Attack certification training faster than anyone in squadron history,” said Tech. Sergeant Jeremiah Clark, 33rd SOS combat flight chief.

Additionally, Brush is enrolled in the 33rd SOS Advanced Aircrew Training Program and is set to finish two months early, breaking yet another squadron record.

Brush has garnered accolades within his squadron for a young, motivated Airman, but what sets him apart from his peers is that he has accomplished all that he has in less than a year.

Furthermore, his leadership traits and general aircraft knowledge are far ahead of his peers. As a new Airman, he is being considered for instructor upgrade as soon as he obtains the required hours.

“I owe a huge thanks to my amazing leadership for their guidance and mentorship,” said Brush. “Since arriving to Cannon, I was immediately welcomed into my squadron and personally set up for success. Everything I have accomplished I owe to my leadership.”

For his efforts devoted to his squadron and professional advancement, Brush was recently nominated and awarded the Top III Hard Charger award.

“Brush represents the best of what it means to be an Air Commando and a hard charger,” exclaimed Clark. “His unparalleled professionalism and dedication epitomizes the tip of the spear mindset and inspires excellence in his fellow Air Commandos.”