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Living the dream

Senior Airman Paul Karasiewicz, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron fire department driver operator, gives an interview Oct. 19, 2019, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He says he joined the Air Force to support his children and grow into the father they need in order to give them a better life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Senior Airman Paul Karasiewicz, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron fire department driver operator, gives an interview Oct. 19, 2019, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He says he joined the Air Force to support his children and grow into the father they need in order to give them a better life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Accomplishment takes many different shapes. Senior Airman Paul Karasiewicz, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron fire department driver operator, says his greatest accomplishment is showing up to work every day with a positive attitude.

“I know it doesn't seem like a whole lot,” he says, “but it's very hard to have that drive every single day, so I'm making my biggest goal to come to work with high drive and give the best customer service for [Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado] and anyone around us.”

The support Karasiewicz and the fire department provide ensures that facilities necessary to the 21st Space Wing’s mission are fire safe, a crucial support task for any military mission.

“Doing what we do every day allows them to do what they do every day to keep everyone safe,” he says.

Karasiewicz joined the Air Force to provide a good life for his kids and grow into the kind of father they needed.

“I found out I was having children at a very young age, and I wanted to give them the best lifestyle I could,” he says.

Karasiewicz’s father had a 24-year career in the Air Force, ultimately retiring as a Master Sergeant. He hopes his children, too, will follow in his and his father’s footsteps.

“I've pushed to give my kids the best life that they can have, especially being several states away from them,” he says. “To wake up every single day ready to go, knowing that they're going to thank me one day, that they're going to have an easier lifestyle than I was able to start off with is worth it.”

Though he doesn’t get to see his kids as much as he likes, Karasiewicz channels that commitment into his mission and into his customer service attitude. He says he enjoys pulling better-than-expected outcomes from bad situations and seeing the smiles that work puts on the faces of the people he helps. Further, he has a very big family in the form of his section, where he works a 48-hours on, 48-hours off schedule.

“We're always together, just as much as we are with our loved ones at home,” he says. “We try to spend time on shift and off shift, and we get to know each other's families. We really are family more than co-workers.”

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