JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C., –
Those serving in the United States Air Force are expected to embody three core values consisting of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. Some Airmen exceed these expectations by holding themselves to a higher standard than their peers. Senior Airman Ryan Deetman, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage journeyman, is one such Airman.
Deetman balances a busy life as a hardworking Airman, full-time student and dedicated parent by following the Air Force core values to their fullest extent.
“Deetman is incredibly loyal and reliable,” said Tech. Sgt. Dominic Piazza, 628th LRS central storage supervisor. “I say this not only in reference to the Air Force but also outside of work. He is constantly making sure his peers have everything they need including job training, a ride to work and being included in leisure activities. He genuinely likes to help people, so if he notices someone in need of help or advice, he jumps at the chance to do whatever he can.”
Deetman, one of the 44.31 percent of Airmen being promoted to staff sergeant. His promotion is due to his successes as an Airman. He has been vice president of the 628th LRS booster club for the past year, where he’s raised approximately $7,000 leading event fundraisers. Deetman also managed three morale events for the booster club. He said he views the booster club as a way to give back to his squadron.
“He may have recently been selected for promotion to staff sergeant, but he has been fulfilling the role of a staff sergeant since we began working together,” said Piazza. “His experience and job knowledge makes him the subject matter expert, and he manages his younger Airmen on a daily basis.”
In addition to his responsibilities as an Airman, Deetman attends Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as a full-time student. He takes classes online and hopes to eventually earn a commission as a pilot or air battle manager.
“Right now I’m working toward my bachelor’s degree in aeronautics with a minor in unmanned aerial systems,” said Deetman. “I would like to receive my degree within the next three years. I’m about halfway there.”
Deetman’s most important role in life is his role as a father. He said being a parent in the military has its difficulties, but he’s grateful to have an understanding and supportive family. His five-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Payslie, started kindergarten this year.
“I’m lucky enough to have a strong daughter who understands ‘daddy has to work Air Force’, in her words,” said Deetman. “We dedicate Sunday morning breakfasts to each other every week. She is incredibly resilient.”
Those who work with Deetman describe him as a person full of laughter, loyalty and integrity.
“Deetman has worked hard since he has been in the Air Force,” said Piazza. “He has won several awards, earned senior airman below-the-zone, and made staff sergeant the first time he was up. He earned these accomplishments through hard work and dedication, and he continues to contribute to his section, squadron, and wing.”