HomeNewsFeaturesDisplay

Fairchild's Finest Tech. Sgt. Adam Blizman

Tech. Sgt. Adam J. Blizman, 92nd Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control Tower watch supervisor, stands in front of a doppler radar station in the air traffic control tower Nov 10, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. Showing outstanding leadership led to his selection as one of Fairchild’s Finest, a weekly recognition program that highlights top-performing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Tech. Sgt. Adam J. Blizman, 92nd Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control Tower watch supervisor, stands in front of a doppler radar station in the air traffic control tower Nov 10, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. Showing outstanding leadership led to his selection as one of Fairchild’s Finest, a weekly recognition program that highlights top-performing Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash -- FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Rank and Name: Tech. Sgt. Adam J. Blizman

Unit of assignment: 92nd Operations Support Squadron, Air Traffic Control Tower

Nominee’s duty title: Air Traffic Control Watch Supervisor

Home town and state: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What do you do on a daily basis at Fairchild AFB?
I manage a team of 18 air traffic controllers during daily aircraft traffic control operations, as well as manage their shift schedules and training.

What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy providing training to and overseeing the training of new Airmen. There is nothing better than watching a struggling Airman succeed at grasping Air Traffic Control concepts.

Why did you choose to serve in the military?
My entire family has served in the military and they always preached about how fulfilling military service was, so it was an easy choice for me.

Family?
My wife Anna and my two boys, Adam age three and Avery six months-old.

How long have you been in the military?
10 years.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Providing a safe and loving home for my children.

What goals do you want to achieve or meet while at Fairchild AFB?
I would like to complete my Bachelors in Aeronautics, complete at least a half marathon and visit every national park west of the Mississippi River.

What are your hobbies?
I like to travel, go hiking, boating and skiing.

What is your best habit?
Staying positive.

What is your favorite quote?
“I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”- George S. Patton

What are your favorite movies?
The Departed”, “Goodfellas”, “The Big Lebowski” and “Pulp Fiction”.

Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from them?
My favorite mentor is retired Master Sgt. Michael Crabb. He taught me to be an effective leader you must first obtain credibility by doing the same things you ask of your Airmen. If you show them you're capable and willing to do the same tasks you ask of them, then they will have no problem following you.

If you could spend one hour with any person, who would it be and why?
I would choose to spend it with Franklin D. Roosevelt. I think anyone who spent an hour with FDR would undoubtedly pick up a few valuable leadership techniques. I also would love to hear a few stories from the leader of “The Greatest Generation.”

What Tech. Sgt. Blizman’s leadership is saying:
“TSgt. Blizman is an outstanding NCO who is never scared of a challenge, produces on time quality work and most importantly has a positive “can do” attitude. This attitude is critical for the young Airmen in today’s Air Force,” said Master Sgt. Judy Lewis, 92nd Operations Support Squadron air tower chief controller.