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Meet the Member: Airman 1st Class Andrew Wagner

Tech. Sgt. Jovan K. Tate, a retention office manager assistant for the 111th Force Support Squadron, runs through a checklist with Airman 1st Class Andrew Wagner, a member of the 111th Attack Wing Student Flight and slated to enter the 111th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, March 13, 2016 at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa. Tate explained the benefits that Wagner will have available to him as a Guardsman. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Shaffer)

Tech. Sgt. Jovan K. Tate, a retention office manager assistant for the 111th Force Support Squadron, runs through a checklist with Airman 1st Class Andrew Wagner, a member of the 111th Attack Wing Student Flight and slated to enter the 111th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, March 13, 2016 at Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa. Tate explained the benefits that Wagner will have available to him as a Guardsman. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Shaffer)

HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION, Pa. -- Airman 1st Class Andrew Wagner took the road less traveled last December. With a bachelor's degree in marketing and a well-established civilian career, the now 31 year old recently enlisted into the 111th Cyberspace Operations Squadron here.

A local background

"I'm a local person, I was raised in Collegeville, went to school in Norristown and then graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing from Temple University," said Wagner, a current resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. "Then I got into insurance underwriting, starting out in errors and emissions which entailed cyber liability."

Wagner said that's where he first got introduced to the cyber industry.

Merging civilian and military careers

He said he looks forward to challenging himself while continuing to develop and educate himself through his civilian and military careers.

Wagner continued by saying that said that he is excited about how his civilian job will benefit him in his military career; and in turn, how his military career will benefit him in his civilian career.

"It sounded like a perfect pairing, I needed a skill set and the Air National Guard offers some of the latest tools in the industry," said Wagner. "They have a great responsibility; they give you a lot tools and assets that just aren't available in the private sector."

He said hisĀ goal is to combine private sector knowledge with private center resources and public sector resources to make himself the best cyber operations person he can be.

A dedication to service

Eager to hit the ground running alongside his colleagues, he said that he is looking forward to be getting into the COS at the ground level. This is especially true as the squadron is still developing.

But Wagner is not just interested in what his service can provide for his career. He also enlisted for the esprit de corps shared by those in the military

"Everybody is here for the same reason: to do very, very good for their community and their country," said Wagner. "To just have a higher level of respect for themselves and those around them; you bond with these people pretty quick, they become like family."