Christmas at the 181st: The work of an airman doesn't stop for the holiday

One group of people right here in Terre Haute not only work on Christmas day, but their efforts help keep you and your family safe.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 6:29 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) -- Many of us get time off from work to spend the holidays with our families.

But, there is one group of people right here in Terre Haute who not only have to work Christmas day. Their efforts help to keep you and your family safe. 

On Friday, News 10 talked to two airmen with the 181st Intelligence Wing.

Tech. Sgt. Stephens is deployed on a federal mission right here in Terre Haute.

She’s been enlisted in the Indiana Air National Guard for 10 years.

Her job focuses on intel.

“I contribute by analyzing the data that's sent back to our base and producing products for the mission that are used worldwide to analyze what's going on around the world,” Stephens described.

Airman 1st Class Desantis has been enlisted as a geospatial analyst for three years.

He enjoys knowing he's making an impact on a global scale.

“We provide intelligence and near real-time information for all of our warfighters all over the world,” Desantis said.

The job never stops.

“The demand for securing our country and helping our allies abroad is a never-ending job for the military, and it's important to recognize that," Desantis said.

You’ll find both of these airmen working on Christmas day.

“We work 24-hour operations like any other public servant who haveto serve their community,” Stephens said.

The job can be demanding, but both airmen agree it's rewarding.

“At the end of the night, I get to go home, unlike my counterparts who are deployed outside of the United States. They won't get to see their family on Christmas day. We still have that opportunity, so we're very fortunate for that," Stephens said.

The mission never stops.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 32°
Robinson
Overcast
35° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 30°
Indianapolis
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 29°
Rockville
Overcast
33° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 26°
Casey
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 29°
Brazil
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 32°
Marshall
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 32°
Not as cool tonight with a clear sky
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Swimming Sectonals

Image

TH North Evansville Harrison

Image

West Vigo North Central

Image

Sullivan Evan Bosse

Image

Linton semi-state

Image

Loogootee semi-state

Image

Pickleball Tournament

Image

Mardi Gras Celebration

Image

Sullivan history faire

Image

Saturday Morning Forecast Update

WTHI Events