NEWS | Dec. 14, 2010

Get to know an Airman

By Airman Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Our "Get to know" articles are designed to offer readers the opportunity to get to know a little more about the Airmen, Sailors and civilians who make Joint Base Charleston a great place to live and work.

Name: Maroun Arnaout

Home Town? Trenton, Mich.
Rank: United States Air Force Airman 1st class (E-3)

Unit/Job: 437 Maintenance Squadron /Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory technician

Age: 22

Married? Yes, to Airman 1st Class Chenye Arnaout

Children: "None yet, but it's in the five-year plan."

Pets: "I have two dogs. A Pomeranian Chihuahua named Sir Myles and a Chihuahua named Zeek."

Favorite Activity: "I love hanging out with my wife, and playing racket ball, ping-pong and foosball."

Favorite Quote: "I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude." - Bruce Lee

Favorite place to eat in town: "Food is one thing Charleston does not lack. I really like to eat and experience new food, but I would have to say China Town Buffet. It is a regular stop after church for my wife and I."

What is one thing that you would like to accomplish while at Joint Base Charleston? "I would like to get a degree in animation and film editing. Finish my five-level training is a goal as well."

What has been your favorite assignment in the military? "Though my answer may be a little biased because Charleston is my first duty station, it was my number one choice on my dream sheet. I have been blessed here."

Favorite task within your specialty/rate: "I really enjoy doing Transportation Management Office runs. Driving next to planes on the flight-line as they take off, and getting to drive into the TMO building with the work truck, gives me that 'I'm in the Air Force' high. It's one of those small things I enjoy and never got to do as a civilian."

If you were the Chief of Staff of the Air Force for one day, what would you do? "My experience in the Air Force hasn't given me the wisdom to lead many Airmen. As CSAF I would ask questions to the wise high ranking people around me and hopefully learn what they did to accomplish their goals."