SrA Menefee looks forward to AMC Rodeo competition

Staff Sgt. Carolyn Herrick

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs Senior Airman Christopher Menefee, a 647th Security Forces Squadron fire team member, is not only this week’s Hickam Warrior but also an elite member of the team chosen for the 2011 Air Mobility Command Rodeo.

The AMC Rodeo is a biennial, international airlift competition.

The competition tests the flight and ground skills of security forces, aerial port operations, aeromedical evacuation and maintenance team members.

” Airman Menefee is a dedicated professional full of potential who was absolutely the right addition to the security forces team for AMC Rodeo,” said Tech. Sgt. Michael Skonetski, Menefee’s supervisor. “His vast experience in his short time in the Air Force is impressive and serves to motivate his peers. Airman Menefee deserves this chance to represent the (unit), and it is a privilege to see our junior enlisted members so motivated.”

Menefee, a native of Cedar Springs, Mich., said he was surprised when he first learned he was chosen to be part of the rodeo.

“I did not know what the AMC Rodeo was, but once I was briefed I was very grateful that I get a chance to be part of a team that represents the squadron and

Hickam to the rest of the Air Force,” he said.

The thing he loves most about being stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii is enjoying the year-round good weather, he said. He has been here for twoand-a-half years.

His hobbies include participating in the squadron softball team, hanging out with friends, watching movies and being as physically active as possible.

On the job, his responsibilities consist of enforcing and reporting violations of federal and state statutes and traffic ordinances, base ordinances, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

“I am also responsible for providing security to the base population and protecting multi-million dollar Defense Department assets and resources,” Menefee explained. “I also have to be ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.”

In that capacity, he has deployed twice in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn during the three short years he has been in the Air Force.

He said he looks forward to his upcoming trip to the rodeo. “The part of the rodeo I look forward most to is the competition from other teams that we will be competing against. I get to take the training and experience that I have received from my time in the military and compare it to the rest of the Air Force,” he said.

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