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Portrait of a Professional: April 2010

Staff Sgt. Rigoberto Vazquez (right), 129th Security Forces Squadron, trains Airman 1st Class Nicholas Morgan on proper challenging procedures during a security forces training operation at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., March 6, 2010. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kim E. Ramirez)

Staff Sgt. Rigoberto Vazquez (right), 129th Security Forces Squadron, is this month's Portrait of a Professional. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kim E. Ramirez)

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Staff Sgt. Rigoberto Vazquez with the 129th Security Forces Squadron is featured as this month's Portrait of a Professional.

What is your favorite memory in the Air Force?
My year spent in Korea. We worked hard but the down time was awesome. Also when I was deployed to Kyrgyzstan, I met a lot of really smart people. Interpreters, mostly Asian and Russian languages, made for a really fun time.

What motivated you to enlist in the AF?
I've always wanted to join the military, when the time came this is the branch I chose. I was active duty for six years. I joined the guard in January of 2008 for a change of pace. I wanted to try something different, I have more opportunities to do things than I did while on active duty.

How has being an Airman changed your outlook on life?
I was pretty sheltered when I was younger, so the military gave me a chance to meet a lot of people through all the things I've done. It's changed my view on how I see the world.

What's the most important lesson you've learned in the military?
I'd have to say my time management.

If you could deploy anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I'd go to Afghanistan, I haven't been there yet. I've been to Iraq, Korea and Kyrgyzstan so I would like to go to Afghanistan. While on deployment, lately security forces have been tasked out to look for mortar teams, IED teams and what not. I haven't had the opportunity to do anything like that. When I was in Iraq I was tasked with a law enforcement mission, so was basically playing highway patrol on an Army base. I'd like to work on security patrols or as a security escort.

If you could choose any AF job, which would it be? Why?
I think being an aerial gunner would be pretty cool, being able to support our ground troops.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Union City, Calif.

What is your job in the civilian world?
I work on base full time und state active duty orders with security forces since July 2009.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I'm teaching myself bass for about six years now, so I'm thinking about taking classes. I also have a guitar that I'm trying to learn how to play.

What are your hobbies?
I just got a dirt bike that I like to take out anytime I get a chance, so only twice so far.