Portrait of a Professional: December 2010

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sergeant or below. Senior Airman Jacob Ellwood, a 129th Rescue Squadron flight engineer, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.

What is your favorite memory in the Air Force?
My First Rescue was pretty awesome. It was in April of 2010 on Easter Sunday. We flew 600 miles off the shore of San Diego. Your first rescue mission is definately a big deal, and it was great being able to finally put my training into action.

What motivated you to enlist in the Air Force?
I have always had a love for flying and when I was introduced to the rescue aspect of flying something about it really clicked with me, and I have always wanted to serve my country in some way or another.

How has being an Airman changed your outlook on life?
I have gained a better sense of reality for what the military goes through on a day to day basis to serve our country. I have a better appreciation for the men and woman before me who have served selflessly, and those who lost their lives.

What's the most important lesson you've learned in the military?
Better work ethics, I have learned to put my differences aside to complete a successful mission, and I have learned to work well with other, because being a part of the Rescue Squadron entails everyone work as a team.

If you could deploy anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go anywhere. I would just love the opportunity to travel and see the world.

If you could choose any Air Force job, which would it be? Why?
I love my job, but if the opportunity came up I would like to be a pilot in the Rescue Command, because I love flying and I love the rescue mission.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in San Jose, Calif.

What are your hobbies?
I pretty much like to do anything outdoors; camping, off-roading, hunting, and fishing.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I started flying planes before I even knew how to drive.