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Warrior of the Week: Senior Airman John Klimczak

By 437th Aerial Port Squadron | Feb. 2, 2007

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Senior Airman John Klimczak is an air transportation journeyman with the 437th Aerial Port Squadron and has been stationed at Charleston AFB for more than four years.

As an air transportation journeyman, Airman Klimczak inspects pallets and nets before they are used on the cargo floor. He also inspects 200 to 300 pallets and over 1,000 sides and top nets daily. He is also responsible for the ordering of chains, cargo straps, pallet covers, couplers, side nets, top nets and pallets.

This "Warrior of the Week" hails from Midlothian, Ill., and enlisted in the Air Force more than four years ago.

"I have always wanted to fly but my vision kept me from becoming a pilot, so I decided to join the Air Force and load cargo aircraft instead," said Airman Klimczak. "I just wanted to be in the Air Force to be closer to military aircraft even if I couldn't fly them."
"The best part of my job is knowing that what I do in the aerial port squadron plays a big role in the war on terror," said Airman Klimczak.

In his off-duty time, Klimczak said he is an active member of the base honor guard.

His future goal is to finish his CCAF degree and enroll with Southern Illinois University.

"Since being assigned as NCO in charge of cargo and nets from a different section, Senior Airman Klimczak has become my right-hand man," said Staff Sgt. Darrell Blake, 437th Aerial Port Squadron NCO in charge of cargo and nets. "His work ethic and ways of working out problems continue to make him my number one choice when I am looking for someone to handle the job."