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5 MUNS: Building BUFF firepower

Airman 1st Class Josh DeSpain, 5th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew member, stands between two rows of inert BDU-50 bombs at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 2, 2016.  DeSpain was recognized by his squadron leadership with the 5 MUNS Own It Award, for consistent hard work and leadership capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Josh DeSpain, 5th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew member, stands between two rows of inert BDU-50 bombs at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 2, 2016. DeSpain was recognized by his squadron leadership with the 5 MUNS Own It Award, for consistent hard work and leadership capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airmen from the 5th Munitions Squadron assemble inert GBU-38s at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. Airmen assembled four guided bomb units as a part of training for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airmen from the 5th Munitions Squadron assemble inert GBU-38s at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. Airmen assembled four guided bomb units as a part of training for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Mario Aguilar, 5th Munitions Squadron line delivery crew chief, looks through a tab on an inert GBU-38 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. During bomb assemblies, tabs are used to assist Airmen with correctly aligning the nose aero-surface on the inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Mario Aguilar, 5th Munitions Squadron line delivery crew chief, looks through a tab on an inert GBU-38 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. During bomb assemblies, tabs are used to assist Airmen with correctly aligning the nose aero-surface on the inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Joseph Lee, 5th Munitions Squadron line delivery crew chief, tightens screws on a GBU-38 tail assembly at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. During bomb building, screws are tightened to secure the tail guidance kit on an inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Joseph Lee, 5th Munitions Squadron line delivery crew chief, tightens screws on a GBU-38 tail assembly at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. During bomb building, screws are tightened to secure the tail guidance kit on an inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

A box of nose fuses rests on a table at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. The FZU-48 fuze initiator is screwed into the front of the inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb, during GBU-38 assembly.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

A box of nose fuses rests on a table at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. The FZU-48 fuze initiator is screwed into the front of the inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb, during GBU-38 assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Ginseler Saint-Vil, 5th Munitions Squadron line delivery technician, tightens screws on a GBU-38 nose aero-surface assembly at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. During bomb building, set screws are tightened to secure the nose aero-surface assembly on an inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Airman 1st Class Ginseler Saint-Vil, 5th Munitions Squadron line delivery technician, tightens screws on a GBU-38 nose aero-surface assembly at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. During bomb building, set screws are tightened to secure the nose aero-surface assembly on an inert 500 lb. MK82 bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Four assembled GBU-38s line a bomb rack at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. The 5th Munitions Squadron is responsible for assembling, testing and inspecting conventional munitions for the 5th Bomb Wing’s B-52H Stratofortresses. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

Four assembled GBU-38s line a bomb rack at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. The 5th Munitions Squadron is responsible for assembling, testing and inspecting conventional munitions for the 5th Bomb Wing’s B-52H Stratofortresses. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

An assembled GBU-38 rests on a rack at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. Airmen assembled four guided bomb units as a part of training for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

An assembled GBU-38 rests on a rack at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016. Airmen assembled four guided bomb units as a part of training for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Respectful. Leader. Hard-worker. These are some of the words 5th Munitions Squadron leaders use to describe Airman 1st Class Josh DeSpain, 5th MUNS conventional maintenance crew member.

“He’s the kind of Airman you want working for you,” said Staff Sgt. Sahtara Wehe, 5th Munitions Squadron productions superintendent. “He’s a self-motivated worker, and his willingness to do the difficult jobs make him stand out from other Airmen.”

His leaders credit his work ethic to past working experiences.
DeSpain, a Dyersburg, Tennessee native, worked for the Choctaw Transportation Company for seven years, where he helped control the flow of transportation on the Mississippi River, before he joined the U.S. Air Force.

“I joined the Air Force because of all the benefits it offered,” said DeSpain. “There weren’t many benefits in my last job and I wanted an established career before I started a family.”

After arriving to his first duty station and being here for six months, DeSpain’s character is already evident to his squadron.

Recognized for consistent hard work and leadership, his unit leadership awarded him the 5 MUNS Own It Award. The award is preserved for proud, confident and professional Airmen who take ownership of mission accomplishment.

DeSpain takes pride not only in his work, but his future as well. After duty, he attends Minot State University in pursuit of a business degree. According to Wehe, DeSpain is an Airman that tries to learn everything.

“I enjoy learning, and education is important to me,” said DeSpain. “My goal is to start my own construction company after retiring from the Air Force.”

Airman 1st Class Josh DeSpain is one of 225 5th MUNS Airmen who support the mission of providing firepower on-demand for the B-52H Stratofortresses at Minot.

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