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Rock Solid Warrior:  Staff Sgt. Chasin Tullis Master Sgt. Marelise Wood

Staff Sgt. Chasin Tullis, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron scans a military common access card in the pass and registration office here, Oct. 24, 2013. Tullis is the noncommissioned officer in charge of pass and registration where he serves as the authority for granting access to the base. Tullis is on his third deployment having previously been to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been selected by his leadership as this week's Rock Solid Warrior. Tullis is deployed from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He is a native of Hominy, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Marelise Wood)

Rank/First & Last Name:
Staff Sgt. Chasin Tullis

Deployed Unit:
386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron

Duty Title:
Noncommissioned officer in charge of pass and registration

Home unit/station:
72nd Security Forces Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Family's military heritage:
None

What is your mission here?
To serve as the authority for granting access, issuing controlled dots and out processing personnel with dots. I also issue all Defense Biometrics Identification System (DBIDS) access badges for all foreign military and contractors requiring access to the base. I also process all assigned personnel to this base into DBIDS.

What are some of the best parts of your mission?
Having the ability to interact with all U.S. Air Force, sister services, and coalition forces assigned to "The Rock."

What are some of the challenges you face while conducting your mission, and how do you overcome them?
The language barrier between foreign military members and me is the biggest obstacle. I overcome this by utilizing interpreters.

How does your job differ in a deployed environment vs. home base?
My responsibilities here provide me the opportunity to have a more positive interaction with base populace.

How many times have you deployed?
This makes three. I've been deployed to Camp Bucca, Iraq; Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan; and here.

What makes this deployment unique?
This deployment has provided me the ability to interact and see the culture in a friendlier environment. My previous deployments when I interacted with local nationals it was in an "outside the wire setting" conducting counterinsurgency operations.

Why did you join the Air Force?
To explore the world and to open different opportunities that were not available in my hometown.


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Date Taken:10.25.2013

Date Posted:10.25.2013 02:28

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Hometown:HOMINY, OK, US

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