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News | Sept. 1, 2017

Enlisted Corps Spotlight for September

By U.S. Strategic Command

Rank/Name – Airman 1st Class Christopher Breighner

Duty Title/Directorate – Intelligence Operations Division Target Analyst, Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike

Hometown – Speicher, Germany

Time in Service – 1 year, 7 months

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

A: My job provides in-depth analysis for developing and nominating strategic targets for USSTRATCOM's priority operations plan and regional combatant command support.  We also prepare intelligence assessments and briefings in support of the global strike mission.

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

A: Knowing that the target development and analysis I do on a daily basis is critical to our nation’s nuclear deterrence mission, and that my targets have the potential to be discussed and reviewed by the President of the United States.

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

A: As a first term Airman, I struggled with figuring out where I fit in a unit of noncommissioned officers, senior noncommissioned officers and officers, especially after coming from tech school where there is a very clear line between junior enlisted and noncommissioned officers and above. Mentorship from the people in my division helped alleviate any concerns I had and I feel fully integrated into the team.

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

A: With a limited pool of military experiences to pull from, my most memorable experience was being a part of the Veterans Day parade last year. It was great seeing how involved and supportive the Bellevue, Neb., community is when it comes to the military.

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: Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the high ranking people in the building! For the most part, everybody is extremely helpful and welcoming at USSTRATCOM.