WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - This week's Hero of Texoma is not from the lone star state but is making Wichita Falls his home for the next few years.
Born and raised in central Georgia, Fatez Radford went to college right out of high school.
"It (was) hard paying out of my own pockets because I didn't have any scholarships, so I joined the air force," Staff Sgt. Radford said.
Since joining the USAF in 2008, Staff Sgt. Radford has spent time in Kansas, Arkansas, and Qatar. He was deployed to Qatar twice.
"It was kind of hard being away from family but working with your friends made it a lot
easier," he said.
Staff Sgt. Radford made his way to Sheppard Air Force Base this April after being selected through a Developmental Special Duty (DSD) process. He was trained to be an instructor and now teaches at the base.
"I instruct a class full of communication navigation apprentices. I am teaching them how to fix communication and navigation systems on air crafts," he said.
He will be at SAFB for at least the next three and a half years and has no plans of leaving the military any time soon.
"I plan on making a career out of it. Doing my twenty years (and) achieving my bachelors which I am three classes away from, and then moving on after I retire to get a civilian job," Staff Sgt. Radford said.
But being recognized as a Hero of Texoma for his time at Sheppard Air Force Base is something he is thankful for.
"It's just an honor. I am so happy to be here and I'm humbled," he said.
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Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6