NEWS | May 1, 2014

Enlisted Corps Spotlight for May

By U.S. Strateic Command

Name - SSgt Travis H. Sullens

Duty Title - Strategic Relocatable Targets Analyst, J2

Hometown - Spartanburg, S.C.

Time in Service - 4.5 years


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


In the Strategic Relocatable Targets Division, we provide long-term analysis on mobile missile activity in support of USSTRATCOM's nuclear deterrence mission. Our work allows the Commander to have accurate, actionable options available to him.


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


To know that I'm a part of the small percentage of Americans that help maintain U.S. nuclear deterrence capabilities and readiness.


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


I have been forced to think on my feet. In situations where I felt out of my element or inexperienced, I was asked to give my opinion to supervisors or leadership. Doing so has increased my confidence as an intelligence analyst and forced me to trust my judgments.


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


Deploying to two different areas of responsibility in support of 55th Wing platforms, including the RC-135V/W Rivet Joint and the RC-135S Cobra Ball. When I was a newly promoted Senior Airman, I deployed as the only intel body for Cobra Ball missions, which supported national-level taskings.


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?


Become familiar with all facets of the USSTRATCOM mission set, and do your best to look at the big picture. It will help you understand how your job contributes to the mission.


Q: What are your goals?


Learn as much as I can from my experiences in the Air Force in order to be a better citizen after my service commitment is up.


Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?


I was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant, and I would say I consider that my greatest achievement so far. My father separated from the Army Reserve as an E-5 long before I was born, and when I joined the military I told myself I wanted to at least make it to the equivalent rank as him before I got out.


Q: What do you like best about Bellevue and Omaha?


I think the best thing about this area is how supportive the community is of military members.