After two years of college, Senior Airman James R. Atkins enlisted in the United States Air Force.
James serves as an interface control technician who processes crucial weapon and surveillance data, and sends the information to pilots.
His four years of service have taken him to Iraq, Italy, and the United Arab Emirites.
He's is now stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
James has received multiple awards for his service, including an Air Force Achievement Award.
When he's not working, James is a trained chef who likes to brew his own beer.
He also loves to play music and hang out with his English bull dog Rocco.
Senior Airman James Atkins: this week's Hometown Hero.