by by Airman 1st Class Taylor A. Workman
9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
5/13/2015 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two
Beale Airmen have been selected to participate in the All-Air Force
Men's Volleyball Trial Camp at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., May 4 to
Senior Airman Jan C. Flores, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron radio
frequency technician, and Senior Airman Michael, 13th Intelligence
Squadron geospatial analyst, are two of the 21 Airmen chosen for the
trial camp, which promises to put their skills and physical stamina to
Airmen who earn a spot on the final team will go on to represent the Air
Force at the Armed Forces National Men's Volleyball Championship in
Detroit, May 22 to 27, 2015.
Flores has been training for the trial camp for nearly a year.
"I'm nervous for the trials, but I prepared my body for the intensity of
the camp," said Flores. "I've been eating right and getting my body in
peak physical condition with concentrated exercise. In my spare time, I
find pick up games throughout Sacramento to sharpen my skills."
The trial camp is short in duration but physically demanding, mentally
challenging and highly competitive according to the Air Force Sports
"I'm very proud of Airman Flores," said Capt. Troy H. Shettlesworth, 9th
AMXS ground communications officer in charge. "We have a very demanding
mission in our shop, it can be exhausting. Flores manages to not only
excel at his job, but also provide inspiration for everybody around him,
Airmen selected are expected to arrive in good physical shape to ensure
the team's selections are based on skill rather than conditioning.
"I had to be very strict during training to get the results I wanted,"
Flores said. "Once your body can accomplish what you want it to, you
have to rely on pure mental strength to assure yourself that there are
no limitations to your success."
However, being physically fit isn't just for Air Force sports; it is an
essential part of Comprehensive Airman Fitness according to
"Flores is an exceptional Airman," said Master Sgt. Sonjia Rodriguez, 9
AMXS lead production superintendent and Flores' section chief. "In his
short time on station, he has assisted with more than 300 RQ-4 Global
Hawk flights, devoted a year to the base honor guard, he volunteers at a
local food bank and homeless shelter, and continuously excels in
Rodriguez said that she is not surprised Flores has been chosen to be a contender for the Air Force volleyball team.
"My main goal now is to be the best I can be," Flores said. "And no matter what, to have fun."