Bulldog in Action: Senior Airman Tyler Carlson

148th Fighter Wing Security Forces member, Senior Airman Tyler J. Carlson, poses for a photo at the front gate to the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. June 12, 2016.  A Duluth native, Carlson ensures the safety of base personnel and facilities, a task he takes great pride in. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington)

148th Fighter Wing Security Forces member, Senior Airman Tyler J. Carlson, poses for a photo at the front gate to the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. June 12, 2016. A Duluth native, Carlson ensures the safety of base personnel and facilities, a task he takes great pride in. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington)

DULUTH, Minn. -- Why is serving in the Minnesota National Guard important to you?  I believe that representing the United States is important, and I feel good about serving my country--I'm proud to serve to the best of my ability.

What military moment or accomplishment are you most proud of?  During our last Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) I performed door guard duty at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and strove to keep morale up during the night shifts that my coworker and I were tasked with.  At the conclusion of the ORI, the security forces chief presented us with a coin for our efforts, and it felt great knowing that our efforts didn't go unnoticed, and our hard work paid off.

What is the favorite part of your job?  Working to keep everyone safe is my favorite part of my job--I'll do whatever it takes to keep everyone on this base safe.

What inspires you?  I'm self-driven; my motivation and inspiration comes from within myself.  I have a need to better myself in some way every day.

What are your future goals?  My future goals are to serve in the 148th Fighter Wing for as long as I can.  In addition, I'm working toward my degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

What is your favorite part about being a member of the 148th?  The closeness of the wing is my favorite part of being a member here at the 148th.  I feel we're more like a family than a wing, and we're always striving to make everybody better.  That closeness helps everyone perform to the best of their ability.