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In Focus: Senior Airman Wade Kirwan

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The “In Focus” series is a monthly feature that puts the spotlight on some of the 419th Fighter Wing’s best and brightest Reserve Citizen Airmen. Find it on Instagram @419fw

Senior Airman Wade Kirwan, 26, was born in California but “raised across the country” because his dad served in the Marines.

Wade joined the Air Force Reserve in 2017 and took “the best job in the Air Force” as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the 419th Fighter Wing.

“EOD is mentally, physically, and emotionally stimulating,” he said. “There is inherent danger in working with live explosives, but I like to be challenged.”

Since starting his seasoning training here, Wade has learned to respond to various threats using high-tech robots and other tools. He’s also built strong relationships within the unit: “There’s not just camaraderie in EOD, there’s friendship. We’re always looking out for each other.”

Wade is working on a bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley University, but still finds time for woodworking, shooting, and bow hunting. He’s also into soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, and binge-watching “The Office.”  

He’s made a goal to visit all 61 U.S. national parks, having already checked off about 20.

“I actually live in a 16-foot Casita camp trailer,” he said. “So I can just pick up and go. I recently went to Zion National Park to hike the Narrows and Angels Landing.”