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Meet the GC contenders: A1C Steven Zavertnik, 50th SCS

Airman 1st Class Steven Zavertnik, 50th Space Communications Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Steven Zavertnik, 50th Space Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Steven Zavertnik, 50th Space Communications Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Steven Zavertnik, 50th Space Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airman 1st Class Steven Zavertnik, 50th Space Communications Squadron, is a first-time Guardian Challenge competitor and is one of three communications Airmen to represent the 50th Space Wing during this year's competition.

What is your official duty title and what are your responsibilities?

As a space systems controller, I maintain long-haul communications for Schriever.

When did you join the Air Force and what inspired you to join?

I joined in June 2008 and my inspiration was my family. Many of them are military and are very proud of what they do.

What are some of your favorite personal career highlights?

Making my family proud by joining the military and following in their footsteps.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Motorcycle riding, snowboarding and hiking.

What are you doing to prepare for the Guardian Challenge?

The communications team is working vigorously to hone our skills and brush up on documentation with the guidance of our trainer.

What gets you pumped up to compete and win?

Having the opportunity to represent my squadron.

What previous experience/exposure have you had with Guardian Challenge?

This is my first experience with Guardian Challenge and I'm looking forward to the opportunity.

Why do you think Schriever will win this year's Guardian Challenge?

Every member competing this year is dedicated and hard working with the will to win.