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Airman spends day with wing commander

Col. Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander and Senior Airman Adam Drayton, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron survivable systems team chief, pose for a photo after spending the day together at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., April 5, 2017. The shadow program allows junior Airmen to spend a day with the wing commander and learn how senior leaders lead the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Col. Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander and Senior Airman Adam Drayton, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron survivable systems team chief, pose for a photo after spending the day together at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., April 5, 2017. The shadow program allows junior Airmen to spend a day with the wing commander and learn how senior leaders lead the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo.— --

Senior Airman Adam Drayton, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron survivable systems team chief, helps to streamline maintenance in the missile field and had the opportunity to shadow Col. Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, April 5, 2017.

This program allows junior Airmen to spend a day with the wing commander and learn about the inner workings of the wing and how senior leaders make decisions.

“This initiative is important to me because when I was an Airman, I did the same thing with my wing commander, and it was an eye opening experience,” said Kravitsky. “This was a chance for me to give a young Airman the opportunity to see what I do and how some of the decisions in the wing are made. Hopefully he’ll tell his fellow Airmen how the wing and the groups work. It was also insightful for me. I got to spend the day with an outstanding Airman.”

At the end of the day, Drayton answered some questions about his day.

What did you expect this experience would be like?

I figured I would get a better idea of what goes on in the background. We focus on turning wrenches, but don’t realize the financial side or the behind-the-scenes work.

What was your favorite part of the day?

Getting to see the things that go on that we don’t think about. It was nice to be in the meetings and learn so much.

How did today change your perspective of the daily life of our wing commander?

I see all the things he has to do throughout the day, and it seems overwhelming. Col. Kravitsky makes it look so easy. He showed me his schedule, and it’s packed with so many things every day.

What is your biggest take-away from this experience?

Seeing everything that goes on, and how they take information and pass it down to the group commanders and it filters down to us.

Could you handle being a wing commander one day?

With a little more training, maybe. But as of right now…no.