Meet the First Sergeants Series: Baker

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  • By Staff Sgt. Melissa Estevez
  • 477th Fighter Group Public Affairs

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska – Master Sgt. Joshua Baker is the first sergeant for the 477th Maintenance Squadron.

Q: What led you to join the Air Force Reserve?

A: I wanted to serve but didn’t want to leave Alaska.

Q: What was your previous assignment? Where do you claim as your hometown?

A: 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons flight. Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska.

Q: What is your favorite Air Force memory?

A: The first time I helped launch a F-22 Raptor. Everything I had been training for felt real for the first time.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a first sergeant?

A: When somebody trusts me and seeks my help because they trust me.

Q: What can 477th MXS Airmen expect from you?

A: To find answers to their questions, to always be available to help, and to be an example.

Q: What advice do you have for them?

A: Never be afraid to ask for help.

Q: What do you look forward to the most?

A: My four kids rushing to the door as soon as I come home.

Q: Who is your hero and why?

A: My father. As a retired colonel he has been proactive in mentoring me throughout my Air Force career.

Q: When can Airmen contact you? Where do they contact you?

A: I may be a traditional reservist, but Airmen can always contact me. My cell is usually the best way to reach out to me since I am not normally at my office.