AFDW&You: Meet James Patrick Hegarty Published Feb. 3, 2021 By Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The Air Force District of Washington encompasses more than 33,000 Airmen in 1,758 units stationed at 500 locations in 108 countries. AFDW Airmen execute varied missions around the world alongside service members and civilians from different Air Force major commands, joint units and international organizations. AFDW highlights Airmen in these unique missions in its series, “AFDW and You.” The Airman: James Patrick Hegarty is the Deputy Director of the General Jacob E. Smart Conference Center (SCC) at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He hails from Deale, Maryland. The mission: I serve as deputy director at the SCC and support guest services, the planners, scheduler, facility manager, AV/IT team and assist my director, as required. The highlights: My workplace is only 21 miles from home. Our mission at the SCC is to host the finest conferences at the preeminent conference center in the United States Air Force. The challenges: I have been challenged by my director to study all facets (customer service, financial management, AV/IT, etc.) required to run a premier conference center. Additionally, I have been challenged to catch up to speed and provide support to the amazing conference staff and AV/IT teams in this fast paced and technologically advanced environment! The lessons: My high school basketball coach, Chet Hubbard, told me, “If you cut corners now (while running multiple laps before, during and after basketball practice), then you will cut corners in life.” That advice has remained with me ever since! The hobbies: I LOVE to run and spend time with my family.