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WOW: Tech. Sgt. Butler

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Butler, 20th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity noncommissioned officer in charge of equal opportunity, was recognized as this week’s Weasel of the Week (WOW) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 14, 2019.

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Butler, 20th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity noncommissioned officer in charge of equal opportunity, was recognized as this week’s Weasel of the Week (WOW) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 14, 2019. The WOW series highlights great Airmen and asks them to share their likes, dislikes, Air Force spirit and personalities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destani K. Matheny)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The Weasel of the Week series asks Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, heroes, experts, and all-around great Airmen to share their likes, dislikes, Air Force spirit and personalities.

We sat down with Tech. Sgt. Ryan Butler, 20th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity noncommissioned officer in charge of equal opportunity, to get to know him and how he helps make the 20th EO the best in the Air Force. Butler is best known for his awesome daily attitude and approachableness. When he’s not bridging the gap between miscommunications, he is sleeping in a tent under the stars with his two kids or woodworking, building new dining room tables.

Where are you from?
I was a military brat, but my family retired in Sanford, North Carolina.

Why did you decide to join the Air Force?
I grew up in the Air Force and I didn’t want to go to college. Jokes on me, I’m in college now.

How long have you been at Shaw?
I’ve been at Shaw for almost two years.

What is your favorite part of South Carolina?
It’s a centralized location, you could be at the beach then go to the mountains in the same day.

How would you describe a normal day?
There is no normal day, we could have nothing or everything going on.

What is your favorite sport?
My favorite sport to play would be baseball.

What is in your cargo pocket?
I never keep anything in my cargo pocket.

What is one word that describes how you lead?
Energetic.

What is one Air Force resource you found that is incredibly beneficial?
I might be biased, but I would say EO - the conflict resolution side of it. There’s a lot of issues in the work center, not EO related, but we have the resources to try and help that flow of communication. We want everyone on the same page.

What’s your outlook mailbox look like?
Packed full.

What is one thing you wish people knew about your job?
We aren’t here to get people in trouble. We are here to be a helping resource. We aren’t looking to call people out, we are here to create healthy working environments.

What is your least favorite task and how do you make sure you get it done?
Documentation, I hate sitting on the computer and typing for hours. We usually block time out of the day and shut the office doors so people aren’t walking in and out and so that I’m not walking in and out. It helps me focus.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Interacting with people, I really love that.