AFDW Capital Airman: Tech. Sgt. Adam Harbold

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Tech. Sgt. Adam Harbold, Air Force District of Washington NCO in charge of the Commander's Support Staff Personnel Management Division, is an AFDW Capital Airman. Harbold, a native of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, joined the AFDW staff in December 2014.

Why did you choose to join the Air Force? I was a typical small town boy who wanted and needed to see more, but knew college wasn't for me. My cousin was in the Air Force at the time I joined; I also had four uncles who served in either the Army or Air Force. Joining the Air Force just seemed like the best choice for me, so I could experience life away from home, but not be stuck in a classroom.

What is your job and how does that impact the AFDW mission? I'm responsible for direct customer service and support to personnel assigned to AFDW locally and worldwide. I provided key leadership in the CSS's Personnel Management Division managing and tracking unit awards, decorations, and evaluations. I have direct oversight of programs including, but not limited to Weighted Airman Promotion System testing, Individual Newcomer's Treatment and Orientation, Leave Web and the unit Drug Demand Reduction program. I'm also the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing CSS NCO in charge during contingency and exercise operations.

What has been your most memorable or rewarding military experience? It is too hard to narrow down a most memorable or rewarding military experience. I had several memorable and rewarding military experiences when I was serving and honoring my fellow Airman, past and present, during four humbling years as the Base Honor Guard Flight Sergeant at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. I had more memorable and rewarding experiences when I served as an enlisted aide to the Headquarters U.S. Forces, Japan, and 5th Air Force commander at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Even more memorable and rewarding experiences followed this when I served as an enlisted aide to the Headquarters Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans, and Requirements at the Pentagon. In this role I was an event coordinator and professional chef; planning social events, developing menus, and preparing culinary experiences for royalty, foreign dignitaries and leaders, and the highest senior military and civilian leaders in Department of Defense.