Iceman in Action: SrA Darren Hopkins
By Senior Airman Isaac Johnson, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 01, 2018
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --
Rank and Name: Senior Airman Darren Hopkins
Duty Title: 354th Maintenance Squadron Air Force Repair Enhancement Program technician
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
Serving in the Air Force is important to me because it not only allows me to serve my country, but also offers me many opportunities for personal and professional growth.
What moment or accomplishment as a member of the Icemen Team are you most proud of and why?
The accomplishment I am most proud of is earning the 2M MTR (Navy Miniature/Microminature Electronic Repair and Module Test and Repair) certification as a Senior Airman and becoming the only AFREP technician on Eielson. I am proud of this accomplishment because it enables me to see an entirely new field of the maintenance world that I might not have been able to see otherwise.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The part of my job that I enjoy most is learning the ins and outs of various aircraft parts and equipment, in order to make repairs to them.
Who inspires you and why?
My parents inspire me. Both my mother and father support me no matter what the circumstances are and that gives me the strength and inspiration to continually challenge myself.
What's your favorite part about being in Alaska?
The thing I enjoy most about being in Alaska is taking in all of the fantastic views and all of the fishing opportunities.