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Iceman in Action: Airman 1st Class Jeremy Hnatiuk

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy P. Hnatiuk, a 354th Force Support Squadron shift leader, prepares chicken to be cooked in the Two Seasons Dining Facility, Aug. 27, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Hnatiuk prepares food on a daily basis to serve to Airmen for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy P. Hnatiuk, a 354th Force Support Squadron shift leader, prepares chicken to be cooked in the Two Seasons Dining Facility, Aug. 27, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Hnatiuk prepares food on a daily basis to serve to Airmen for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy P. Hnatiuk, a 354th Force Support Squadron shift leader, signs a food log in the kitchen of the Two Seasons Dining Facility, Aug. 27, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This paperwork tells Hnatiuk what he and other cooks need to prepare for each days meals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy P. Hnatiuk, a 354th Force Support Squadron shift leader, signs a food log in the kitchen of the Two Seasons Dining Facility, Aug. 27, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This paperwork tells Hnatiuk what he and other cooks need to prepare for each days meals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy P. Hnatiuk, a 354th Force Support Squadron shift leader, takes a break to smile in front of the ovens in the Two Seasons Dining Facility, Aug. 27, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Hnatiuk said his favorite part of the job is cooking, which is something he has always loved to do. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy P. Hnatiuk, a 354th Force Support Squadron shift leader, takes a break to smile in front of the ovens in the Two Seasons Dining Facility, Aug. 27, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Hnatiuk said his favorite part of the job is cooking, which is something he has always loved to do. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Rank and Name: Airman 1st Class Jeremy P. Hnatiuk

Duty Title: Shift Leader, 354th Force Support Squadron

Hometown: Stafford Springs, Conn.

Why is serving in the Air Force important to you? Serving in the Air Force is important to me because I feel like serving in the military sets a standard everyone should follow in life. Also, I feel like the Air Force gives people a chance to see the world in ways not everyone can.

What moment or accomplishment as a member of the Iceman Team are you most proud of and why? When I became shift leader at the Two Seasons Dining Facility, it made me feel like I was personally responsible for almost 200 Airmen getting to eat on a daily basis. I also felt like I was doing bigger things for Red Flag-Alaska because I was responsible for the food everyone was eating.

What is your favorite part of your job? Even before I joined the Air Force I always loved to cook. Now, I just cook on a much bigger scale. I never would have thought that I would be cooking the things I do now. Some of the items I cook now I had never even heard of before I joined. I fell in love with cooking so much that one day I would actually want to make cooking a career and hopefully own my own restaurant.

Who inspires you and why? When I go to work or when I do anything military related, I like to think I learned the best of those values from Tech. Sgt. Shawn McCahon. He is the most professional person I have ever met and following the "rulebook" to him is something he takes seriously. As a leader and a mentor, Tech. Sgt. McCahon was, and still is, a great role model for old and new Airmen. 

What's your favorite part about being in Alaska? Believe it or not, the winter in general is my favorite part about Alaska. I have always loved cold weather and snow. The darkness in the winter isn't the best thing, but it is a really weird and "cool" experience to wake up at 9 a.m. on an off day and the sun is just starting to rise.