Iceman in Action: Tech. Sgt. Ben Hardy

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Hardy, the 354th Maintenance Squadron armament maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, takes a brief break Nov. 3, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Hardy said the extended hours of darkness is one of his favorite parts of Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Hardy, the 354th Maintenance Squadron armament maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, takes a brief break Nov. 3, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Hardy said the extended hours of darkness is one of his favorite parts of Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Hardy, the 354th Maintenance Squadron armament maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, performs a final inspection on an aircraft gun Nov. 3, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. After the weapon has been taken apart, repaired and reassembled Hardy ensures that it is ready to go back on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ben Hardy, the 354th Maintenance Squadron armament maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, performs a final inspection on an aircraft gun Nov. 3, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. After the weapon has been taken apart, repaired and reassembled Hardy ensures that it is ready to go back on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Ben Hardy a 354th Maintenance Squadron armament maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, examines an LAU-129 missile rail launcher Nov. 3, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The LAU-129 is a missile rail launcher compatible with Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, sidewinder missiles and similar weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Isaac Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Ben Hardy a 354th Maintenance Squadron armament maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, examines an LAU-129 missile rail launcher Nov. 3, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The LAU-129 is a missile rail launcher compatible with Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, sidewinder missiles and similar weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Isaac Johnson)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

Rank and Name: Tech. Sgt. Ben Hardy

 

Duty Title: 354th Maintenance Squadron armament maintenance NCO in charge

 

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

 

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you? Growing up, my grandfather told me the reason he served was to go to war, so war would not come to his family’s doorstep. That is something that has always stuck with me.

 

What moment or accomplishment as a member of the Iceman Team are you most proud of and why? When our weapons softball team beat the ammo team for the base softball championship.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? There is no way to describe the feeling you have as a weapons troop when an aircraft returns with all of its munitions fired.

 

Who inspires you and why? My father inspires me. I have never met anybody who has as much drive to be the best at everything they do while remaining humble. He has taught me to never accept failure.

 

What's your favorite part about being in Alaska? Believe it or not, I enjoy the winter when we have 22 hours of darkness.