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Charlie West Spotlight- March


U.S. Airforce Staff Sgt. Cory Wilson, combat arms airman assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, gives instructions during Snowbird’s weapons qualifications course, Feb. 28, 2019 at Key West, Fla. Snowbird is a 130th Airlift Wing fly-away exercise to Key West, where members can complete their qualifications in water survival, weapons qualification in addition to air-drops. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. De-Juan Haley)


U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Wilson, a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Instructor with the 130th Security Forces Squadron, hands U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Paul Ruddle ammunition for an M4 rifle Jan. 10, 2018 at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Facility for the Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Miss. Airmen must be weapon qualified every 18 months to ensure mission readiness.


Senior Airman Cory Wilson assigned to the 130th Security Forces Squadron receives a Purple Heart.

McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, W.Va. --

The Charlie West Spotlight for March 2019 is Ansted, W.Va. native Staff Sgt. Corey Wilson, a Security Forces Patrolman assigned to the 130th Security Forces Squadron.


Wilson has been with the unit for eight years, serving six of those and counting as an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Technician. During his time at the 130th, Wilson has accumulated many awards and recognitions, including a Purple Heart Medal and Airman of the Year Award in 2013, and last year receiving his Community College of the Air Force Associates in Applied Science.


“Staff Sgt. Wilson is one of our most well-rounded and eager NCO’s, when he’s asked to do something, he’s all in,” said Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Hughes, 130th SFS Superintendent. “He has covered for positions outside of his norm while members were deployed, and overall, he’s just an excellent example of the military mindset.”


Wilsons “military mindset” also gives him a huge sense of pride serving the 130th.


“The best thing about the 130th are the friendships and camaraderie shared throughout the unit,” said Wilson. “That sense of pride that comes with serving my country and state, that’s what being in the 130th means to me.”


As a military member, his goal is to make Master Sergeant in 20 AGR years, which you see often, but his reasoning exemplifies what it means to be a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).


“Once I hit my 20 I want to move on so I’m not holding up the younger Airmen in the SFS from moving up in rank,” Wilson explained. “I would like to be a Flight Chief or run my own program, but above all, I want to leave my unit knowing that I served my time and set a good example for the Airmen below me.”


After he completes his time and retires, his biggest goal is to own a cattle ranch.

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