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Airman Spotlight--Tech. Sgt. Kyle Tecmire

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Tecmire, a traditional guardsman, is a 173rd Communications Flight Quality Assurance Inspector.  During the week, Tecmire is a firefighter with the Kingsley Field Fire Department.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Tecmire, a traditional guardsman, is a 173rd Communications Flight Quality Assurance Inspector. During the week, Tecmire is a firefighter with the Kingsley Field Fire Department. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)

KINGSLEY FIELD -- Tech. Sgt. Kyle Tecmire, 173rd Communications Flight

What brought you to Kingsley Field?
I came to Kingsley Field for two reasons.  After 9-11, I felt a calling to serve our country.  Second, I enjoyed working on computers, had taken many electronics courses, and the communications flight seemed like a good place to work.

How long have you been here?
13 years in the comm flight.  I originally started here as a computer, network, and cryptographic systems technician.

What is your job?
As a communications flight quality assurance inspector I preform three types of inspections. Equipment--Inspections to ensure repairs, preventative maintenance and other work orders are done properly. Managerial--Inspections to ensure that program managers follow the regulatory guidance in the execution of their additional duties. Personnel--Work with the NCOIC's of the different shops to develop performance standards and then test new journeyman and craftsman to ensure they possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to fulfill the requirements of their job.

What are your favorite pastimes?
Spending time with family, boating, camping, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking and hunting, to name the ones that come to mind.

What is your professional background?
The CNCS tech school was just under a year when I went though. After graduating I was hired by Jackson County's IT department as a computer technician and moved up the ranks eventually working as a network administrator. I took a full time civil service job working as the wing classified systems administrator in 2009.  I deployed in 2011 and worked as the NCOIC of theater radio support. We toured most of the AOR fixing communications systems that were down and or damaged.  In 2012 I switched shops and took a position in the comm flight as the QA inspector.

When my son was about three years old, I took him to the Phoenix Fire Department for a tour.  I was surprised to only find two firefighters there. They said that they were a combination paid and volunteer staffed department. They asked if I would like to start volunteering. I agreed and it wasn't long before I realized that it was my true calling in life.  I went back to school at night and on the weekends studying fire science and emergency medicine.  After several years volunteering as a student firefighter I was hired by the Kingsley Field Fire Department in 2010.

I have my CCAF in Electronic Systems Technology and an AAS in Fire Science.

What type of volunteer activities do you do?
Volunteer with my church, American Red Cross, habitat for humanity.

What book are you reading right now?
I am currently not reading any novels.  I am in my senior year with 6 classes remaining before I complete my B.S. in Fire Department Administration.  Most of the time I spend in books is focused on completing this degree.

Whose leadership is the most influential in your career?
My dad taught me to be truthful, honest, and he taught me to work extremely hard.