DVIDS – News – 688th Cyberspace Wingman is selected as Modern-Day Technology Leader for the 2022 Black Engineer of the Year Awards

During February as part of the celebration of the Month of the History of Blacks / African Americans 688th Cyber ​​Space we will highlight the achievements and contributions of past servicemen and Wingman who are currently serving and serving in our ranks.

Today, we recognize William Rice (38th CEIG / ES / ENII / ENON) Civilian Officer, who is the Triple Chief Electronic and Systems Engineer of the 38th Engineering Squadron, the Cyber ​​Systems Integrator of the 26th Network Operations Squadron and an expert on the topic for the engineering and assembly section.

Rice, who joined the 38th Engineering Squadron on July 27, 2015, was selected for the Leader of Modern Technology Award at the 2022 STEM Black Engineer of the Year Conference on behalf of the American Black Engineers and Information Technology Journal Career Communications Group, Board of Engineering deans of historically black colleges and universities, hosts Lockheed Martin Corporation and sponsors Actalent and Jacobs.

Today’s technology leaders are men and women who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Rice will be honored and honored during a technology recognition event on Friday, February 18, 2022.

The 688th Cyberspace Wing is proud to have Rice as an inspiring role model and a gifted part of our team.
Read this interview with Mr. Rice to celebrate his accomplishments and learn more about his perseverance and ascent to success:
Can you describe to us all the roles you play in the Wing?
My official position is electronics engineer / systems engineer. I have three significant roles here in our squadron. First, I am the head of the ECHO Engineering Operations team, which offers remote and on-site engineering support for Air Force networks, servers and services. Second, I am a cyber system integrator (CSI) for the 26th NOS. In this role, I foster close relations with the 26th NOS and provide them with 38th Allied engineering support when needed. Third, I am an expert on the subject (SME) in the engineering and installation section. Here I give experience in products such as external factories (fiber optic / copper cables), Giant Voice, Voice over IP (VoIP) and networking.

What is the significance of receiving this award?

Winning this award means acknowledging my hard work and dedication on the part of my colleagues, colleagues and executives.

How did your career and perseverance lead you to this achievement?

After hiring in 38, I developed a career plan for the first five years. The 38th offered a variety of technical training and leadership courses and I was going to take the opportunity to visit as many as possible. The supervisor asked me what skill sets I would like to master, and often I replied, “Everyone !!!” I was trained in the workplace and was soon sent on my own. Shortly after several assignments on this particular skill set, I returned to supervision and asked to learn another skill set, and the process was repeated. Over time, management realized that I was always ready to try something new. Some things I might not have felt as comfortable as others, but I focused on the positive rather than the negative. If the supervision had thought I could complete the task, I would not have let them down. It is difficult to be satisfied with the projects submitted by the crew. Technology and the opponent will be constantly changing, and so in my eyes it is hard to get bored. I exceeded my original five-year plan and developed a new plan for the next five years.

What does it mean to you to be a recognized African American / black engineer?

Being a recognized engineer is an achievement in itself. Being a recognized African-American engineer means that others can see my accomplishments and know that all stereotypes can be overcome.

How can the U.S. Air Force gain more diversity in the engineering and STEM fields?

The Air Force can gain more diversity in STEM areas by increasing participation and presence on HBCU recruitment and full-time opportunities. Talent is there; AF should reach these people early in their academic studies.

What professional advice would you give to those who follow?

My professional advice is to find one or two mentors and get as much advice from them as possible. Then, as soon as you move up the ranks, always reach back and instruct others.

What personal advice would you give to those who follow?

Personal advice for those who follow always keeps God first! Second, find a good support group. Not everyone will be in your corner. Third, success requires sacrifices. Finally, always believe in yourself.

What do you like most about your work?
I like a few things in my work. First, I like the work environment; The 38th Engineering Squadron is just one big family. The impact of the 38th has on AF; the band continues to do amazing things. Finally, I enjoy traveling. I can travel the world doing what I enjoy. This is a win-win situation !!

What are your future plans and ambitions?
My future plans and ambitions are to be a deputy director or a director of the 38th. Also, continue to mentor future engineers here in the 38th, my alma mater (Jackson State University) and any person I might cross along the way.

Date taken: 15.02.2022
Publication date: 02/15/2022 12:04 PM
History ID: 414661
Location: SAN ANTONIA, Texas, USA

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