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In Focus: Senior Airman Nicholas Walters

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Senior Airman Nicholas Walters is driven by service – not only to those around him, but also to his nation.

Initially on track to become a pharmacist, he realized he wanted to join the Air Force and did so in 2018.

“I remember being in school and thinking, this isn’t for me,” Walters said. “A pharmacist mentioned how he wished he would have looked into joining the military. I took that as a sign and contacted a recruiter.”

Now a reservist in the 67th Aerial Port Squadron, Walters is always looking for new opportunities for personal and professional growth, along with ways to further serve others.

“I’m part of the Reserve Honor Guard, so during drill weekends I’m able to help train new volunteers,” Walters said. “It’s an honor to show respect to those who served before us.”

His work in uniform extends beyond drill weekends. Walters is an Active Guard Reservist with the 75th Force Support Squadron at Hill AFB, working as lead trainer in the base Honor Guard.

In addition to raising two boys under the age of 5 with his wife, he’s also a full-time student studying software development at Western Governors University.

“I’ve learned C++ and SQL, but I enjoy Python the most,” Walters said. “I would like to move towards UX design or become a full stack developer.”

Walters describes himself as a friendly person, and said he wants to help fellow Airmen by commissioning as a chaplain someday.

“There is no better mission than to be somebody’s friend,” he said. “I want to step into the role of a counselor to help people and be there for them when they need someone to speak to.”