Airman Martin a go-getter for Andersen AFB Published March 3, 2010 By SrA Shane Dunaway 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Whether they're working in family practice or flight medicine, medical technicians in the 36th Medical Operations Squadron make a direct impact on the quality of life of everyone they serve. One Airman in particular has established a strong work ethic and was recently recognized as a 'Top Performer' by Master Sgt. Stephen Demers, 36th Medical Group first sergeant. Airman 1st Class Mike Martin, 36th MDOS medical technician, works as an emergency responder, providing emergency care for 911 calls onbase, supporting base events such as the monthly wing run and 5K runs, and assisting with aerovacs for patients. Martin is a go-getter," said Staff Sgt. Katherine Caraballo, 36th MDOS flight medicine shift supervisor. "He's a great follower with leadership potential. He always has a positive attitude no matter what is asked of him. He tackles each task with utmost enthusiasm and professionalism, and his 'can-do' attitude is infectious in the unit." A Denver native, Airman Martin joined the Air Force Dec. 16, 2008. After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and technical training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, Airman Martin arrived here August 26. Before joining the Air Force, Airman Martin earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Northern Colorado. Despite his pre-Air Force successes, he decided he needed a change. "I lived in Colorado my entire life," Airman Martin said. "I wanted to get out, travel and see the world." Airman Martin also contributes to Team Andersen through volunteerism. He has participated in the Airman Against Drunk Driving program and currently serves as the Medical Group's First Four president. In his off-duty time, Airman Martin said he spends much of his time participating in outdoor activities including golfing, camping, hiking and snorkeling. Airman Martin is relatively new to the Air Force and while he has not made a firm decision on continuing his Air Force career past an initial enlistment, he's already noticed the benefits of being part of the Air Force family. "I like how close-knit everyone is here, how involved people are in family events and people help make others feel at home even though they're so far away from most of their family and friends," Airman Martin said. Despite being recognized for his active involvement throughout the wing in such a short time, Airman Martin took the modest approach in response to his recognition. "I work with a lot of good people in the med group and a lot of young Airmen in the fire department who are hard workers and really smart," Airman Martin said. "It's very flattering to be singled out like this."