Brian Ridgway is a transportation specialist with the 597th Transportation Brigade. "When the twin towers fell, I felt the calling to help my country once again," Ridgway said. "As a transporter for decades, I felt I could be of assistance as we as a nation geared up for war. I am approaching my 15th year with the Army as a DOD civilian and have found it challenging and rewarding both professionally and personally."
Learn a little more about Ridgway through the questions and answers below.
Q: Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and grew up in Pensacola, Florida.
Q: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: As a young boy in Pensacola, the birthplace of naval aviation, my neighbors, boy scout leaders and many members of our church were professional naval officers who had served in Korea and/or Vietnam as aviators. I admired these men and thought it would be a real challenge to be an air traffic controller in charge of them as they flew in and out the area conducting their missions.
Q: What inspired you to join the Air Force and pursue a career in the Army?
A: My next door neighbor was a U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy officer. My scoutmaster, and most of the men that led our troop were military men who personified how I envisioned a man to be. They were worldly, travelled, articulate, sophisticated, warriors, patriots, and mentors.
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement both personally and professionally?
A: Personally, I'd say that my two children are my greatest achievement. They have turned into adults I truly find interesting and enjoy being with. They know what "right" looks like and have charted bright futures for themselves.
Professionally, I assisted in several missions that contributed to the actual saving of a life. That was fortuitous timing and training that allowed me to be in the right place at the right time.
Q: What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not at work?
A: I enjoy fresh and saltwater fishing. SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving and travel. On occasion, I enjoy a quiet moment with a good book.