Airman of Minot Published July 14, 2021 By Senior Airman Michael Richmond Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Senior Airman Lucas Reale is a Canine Handler for the 91st Missile Security Operations Squadron. Originally from Hanson, Massachusetts, Reale became a member of Team Minot in October 2017. “Something I like about Minot is the simplistic lifestyle and the outdoors,” said Reale. “I like to go on hikes, it’s fun here. It’s just a simple place and besides the weather, nothing else is really that tough around here.” Reale’s responsibilities include making sure that he and his military working dog are fit and effective for the mission and ready to go at a moment's notice. Through fulfilling his responsibilities and going above and beyond, Reale was recognized for his meritorious service by being awarded The Air and Space Achievement Medal. “I felt proud to be recognized in front of my flight,” said Reale. “It made me realize that all the hard work put forth wasn’t just to better myself but also to show others what you can achieve with a hard work ethic.” “My favorite part [of the mission] is the hands-on portion, getting to work all the dogs and just learning every single day,” said Reale. “What keeps me motivated are the leaders that I surround myself with,” said Reale. “Seeing what they’ve done in their careers makes me want to strive for more. And on those tough days when I don’t want to do it anymore, I think about my goals, my mentors and how I want to be like them.” Reale spends his free time with friends, hiking with his two dogs and exploring the outdoors. In the future, Reale wants to continue his education and obtain a degree in Homeland Security, start his own business, settle down and have a family.