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Airman in Focus: Senior Airman Nathaniel Poudrier

Senior Airman Nate Poudrier is in his element as he expertly handles his duties in the structural maintenance shop during a drill weekend.

Senior Airman Nate Poudrier is in his element as he expertly handles his duties in the structural maintenance shop during a drill weekend.

Barnes Air National Guard Base, 104 Fighter Wing - Westfield, Mass -- Senior Airman Nate Poudrier is in his element as he expertly handles his duties in the structural maintenance shop during a drill weekend. He trades good natured quips with his colleagues in this tight knit unit amid the constant noise generated by the tasks associated with the shop.

He is a full time AGR in the Aircraft Structural Maintenance Shop. "We repair any external panels on the aircraft that might crack during a flight, among other related duties," said Poudrier.

It is clear that an easy camaraderie exists among the members of the unit and that members are comfortable working with one another. "I like coming here to work with such good people," said the Chester, Ma native. "We have learned a lot from our supervisors and it is good to have them around," he said.

His supervisor, Master Sgt. Robert Oleksak is glad to have him in the unit. "He has been an up-and-coming asset to the shop since his return from tech school in September 2008. He has quickly mastered many of the tasks in the career field, and has become one of the go-to guys for the newer troops."

"He always looks sharp, and is always ready to handle maintenance taskings when dispatched," said Master Sgt. Oleksak.