Enlisted Corps Spotlight for July

By U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs | U.S. Strategic Command | June 29, 2018

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alan Keith Evans, Elite Guard flight chief, hails from Valdosta, Georgia, and has been in the military for 14 years.

Q: How does your job support USSTRATCOM and our missions? 

A: As an Elite Guard flight chief, I am tasked with ensuring that daily security operations in USSTRATCOM are maintained.  The USSTRATCOM missions rely on strict security measures and the personnel that protect that vision.  Elite Guard members are the first line of defense for the Global Operations Center, critical assets, nuclear task forces, and service and support personnel. 

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work at USSTRATCOM? 

A: The most rewarding aspect of working at USSTRACOM is the ability to work among a diverse group of service members and civilians.  Working at USSTRACOM has helped me learn a vast amount of knowledge about how the U.S. operates on a strategic level and has allowed me to improve my networking skill-set.

Q: What has been a challenge for you regarding your work at USSTRATCOM and how have you overcome that challenge? 

A: The major challenge for me while working at USSTRATCOM is maintaining an alert mindset.  As security forces within USSTRATCOM we maintain two separate mission sets which can present unique challenges to overcome.

Q: What has been your most memorable experience in the military? 

My most memorable experience was my last assignment to Volkel Air Base, Netherlands.  Volkel Air Base is a hidden gem in the Air Force filled with opportunity to explore many overseas locations effortlessly. As a flight chief I was able to build crucial relationships with local and NATO forces. 

Q: What is the one piece of information or advice about working at USSTRATCOM that you'd pass on to new members of the USSTRATCOM team? 

A: I would encourage new members at USSTRATCOM to get out from behind their desk, and familiarize themselves with the many different offices and people that make USSTRATCOM the most important command in the Department of Defense.