"...I'm expected to perform at a high level..."

Airman 1st Class Riley M. Wade, 9th Communications Squadron knowledge operations apprentice, poses for a photo Feb. 7, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Barringer)

Airman 1st Class Riley M. Wade, 9th Communications Squadron knowledge operations apprentice, poses for a photo Feb. 7, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Barringer)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

"I've been stationed at Beale for about two months. After coming from a training environment, I appreciate the differences of the operational Air Force. I learned my job and now I'm expected to perform at a high level. I still have responsibilities, but I'm given more freedom. The operational Air Force is different than I thought it would be because of the great people I work with. With so many appointments and not having a car, they've been a big help with adjusting to life at Beale."

Airman 1st Class Riley M. Wade, 9th Communications Squadron knowledge operations apprentice

Hometown: Scottsville, Kentucky