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Support Airman of the week: SrA Brown


Senior Airman Nicholas Brown, 82nd Training Wing military justice paralegal and native of Charleston, South Carolina, has been in the Air Force for four and a half years, and is the Support Airman of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of July 18-24, 2017.


Most significant accomplishment: 


Earning his 5-level certification in the paralegal career field.


Airman’s story:


“I was born and raised in South Carolina,” Brown said. “I’m pretty outgoing and determined. Once I set my mind to something, I try to accomplish it.”


“I am really big on fitness and one day hope to compete in a physique body building competition,” Brown continued. “I love to travel and I try to explore somewhere different whenever I get a chance. I also like anything outdoors like hiking, swimming and running. I’m a huge adrenaline junkie too, and I will ride any roller coaster and will skydive with no hesitation - upon completing the appropriate safety form of course.”


“I enlisted in the Air Force straight out of high school,” Brown shared. “I joined to serve my country and get away from home. After completing Basic Military Training I attended technical school at Keesler Air Force Base to become an air traffic control apprentice. Upon graduating, I was assigned to Sheppard to be an air traffic controller. I later retrained into the paralegal career field. Since retraining, I have been re-assigned to Sheppard where I have successfully earned my 5-level and am striving to be as good at my job as I can.”


Supervisor comments:


“Senior Airman Brown is responsible for processing and reviewing the Article 15 program and processing courts-martials supporting Sheppard Air Force Base’s two wings and its 60 geographically separated units at the busiest legal office in the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Ashlee Dauterman, military justice NCO in charge. “Senior Airman Brown manages and processes witness funding totaling approximately $120,000 annually. He aids the base population by assisting with the production of more than 2,400 legal documents saving clients $332,000 in attorney fees.”


“Senior Airman Brown is the primary trainer for the new paralegals arriving at the 82nd TRW, teaching all the skills necessary for our new Airmen to attain their 5-level certifications,” Dauterman continued. “Currently Senior Airman Brown is a volunteer physical fitness coach on base where he assists 22 Airmen with their personal fitness. He has shown an outstanding ability to be flexible, motivated, and resilient during a large increase in military justice actions.”


“Even as a young paralegal, he does not shy away from an increased volume of work and takes it as an opportunity for personal and professional growth,” Dauterman said. “He continually mentors the new Airmen in the legal office and the Airmen-in-training. Senior Airman Brown embodies the Air Force’s call for excellence and leading by example in everything he does.”