By SENIOR AIRMAN
5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
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Senior Airman Krystal Hooper, paralegal with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, was recently selected as the 8th Air Force Outstanding Paralegal Airman of the Year, shown in this photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron-Forrest Wainright.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE Senior Airman Krystal Hooper, paralegal with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, was recently selected as the 8th Air Force Outstanding Paralegal Airman of the Year.
The award is based on demonstrated superior initiative, technical skill, leadership ability and devotion to duty. It is among the highest distinctions an Air Force paralegal can receive and recognizes airmen in the grade of senior airman and below.
"When I found out I had won, I was extremely proud of myself because I didn't think I could compete at that level," said Hooper, "I thought it was awesome."
The practice of law is a demanding, challenging and complex endeavor one in which the rights, safety and liberties of citizens have been preserved for centuries.
"This job is important because we work with attorneys to provide squadron's assistance while taking care of our airmen's legal needs for free," said Hooper.
Drafting legal reviews, performing case research and interacting with clients are just a few tasks Hooper does on a daily basis. She is a highly trained and experienced professional and an invaluable source of support in the legal office.
"Airman Hooper is a hard worker both on-duty and off," said Tech. Sgt. Dana Cummins, 5th Bomb Wing law office noncommissioned officer- in -charge. "She has allowed us to challenge and mentor her and performs each tasking with perfection."
The value of a talented paralegal is sometimes overlooked by those on the outsid, but their worth is never underestimated by the legal teams for which they are a part of.
"Airmen Hooper is a quick learner with a positive attitude and takes on any challenge quickly, efficiently and with superior results," said Lt. Col. Eric Werner, 5th Bomb Wing staff judge advocate.
However, for Hooper, winning the award wasn't just about herself.
"I think this award is great because it makes sure paralegals are recognized for the work they do." Hooper said. "It encourages us to succeed in our career field."