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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas McClary, a weapons specialist from the 509th Munitions Squadron, performs a serviceability check on an H1125A bomb handling truck at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 12, 2016. Each component of the handling gear is inspected thoroughly to ensure it’s operational before using it to install a weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas McClary, a weapons specialist from the 509th Munitions Squadron, performs a serviceability check on an H1125A bomb handling truck at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 12, 2016. Each component of the handling gear is inspected thoroughly to ensure it’s operational before using it to install a weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas McClary, a weapons specialist from the 509th Munitions Squadron, inspects a training asset at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 12, 2016. The inspection verifies there’s no damage done to the weapon after maintenance has been performed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas McClary, a weapons specialist from the 509th Munitions Squadron, inspects a training asset at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 12, 2016. The inspection verifies there’s no damage done to the weapon after maintenance has been performed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas McClary, a weapons specialist from the 509th Munitions Squadron, inspects and verifies data plates on a rotary launcher assembly at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 12, 2016. The rotary launcher is inspected to ensure the components are compatible with the weapons system prior to being loaded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas McClary, a weapons specialist from the 509th Munitions Squadron, inspects and verifies data plates on a rotary launcher assembly at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 12, 2016. The rotary launcher is inspected to ensure the components are compatible with the weapons system prior to being loaded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keenan Berry)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Meet U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicholas McClary, a weapons specialist from the 509th Munitions Squadron. McClary handles weapons and munitions for the B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. He was born and raised in Spain and has served two years in the Air Force so far.

"I love my job because I have a direct tie to the B-2 mission," said McClary. "I get an opportunity to handle and inspect mission-essential assets and send them off to defend our country. There's honestly no better job."

McClary took time out of his day to sit with the 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office for a question and answer session.

Q. Why do you enjoy your job?

A. I enjoy doing my job because I know I'm a part of something big. I'm working with weapons that are capable of securing our country's freedom and ridding our nation of any threat that should come our way.

Q. Why did you join the Air Force?

A. I joined because of the military heritage in my family. My family has served proudly from my grandfather to my father, brother and myself. I already knew in high school that I would serve one day, and I became motivated to do something more with my life.

Q. What are your thoughts about the bomber legacy?

A. The bomber to me, as a weapon specialist, means so much because I'm working at a wing that provides fire power to our country at any given moment. I'm proud to be a part of a heritage with so much history.

Q. What are your personal goals?

A. My short-term goal is to complete college and obtain a bachelor's degree in photography and mechanical engineering. My long-term goal is to become a chief master sgt. so I can make a significant difference in the Air Force.

The Whiteman community congratulates McClary for earning the Maintenance Professional of the Quarter award as he continues to perform his duties as a weapons specialist.