Ryan Dukes

Age: 30

 

Business: U.S. Air Force

 

Job title: C-130J Pilot, Executive Officer

 

Why are you working in this industry? I was presented with an opportunity to attend the United States Air Force Academy and it has blessed me in many capacities. The Air Force afforded me a chance to serve the greatest nation in the world and live in one of the best cities in America.

 

What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful? Personal leadership, discipline, risk management.

 

What is the best advice you have ever received? My dad always told me: “Never stop dreaming, because the day you do life becomes boring.”

 

What was the most significant hurdle you had to overcome to get where you are? How would you address this hurdle today? Losing my mother to stage four non-smoking lung cancer in the middle of C-130J training (Oct 2015). I could write a book on all the things Cancer taught me, one of those lessons is capitalizing on precious moments and opportunities when they present themselves.

 

What changes have you seen in Abilene during your career? What changes would you like to see? I have seen immense change since my arrival in 2015. The new wave of development and businesses are beginning to gain quick traction and it’s exciting to watch. I would love to see a growth mindset continue to flourish. Abilene is home to many creative and energetic people and putting them in positions to succeed will allow everyone to win.

 

What do you want to be doing in 10 years? Maximizing my God given gifts and talents and for the embitterment of others while being faithful to wherever the Lord has called me.

 

If you were to give one piece of advice to someone starting out in your field what would it be? Know your “why” and give thought to it every day. This will be the driving factor on good days and power your perseverance on bad days.

 

Community Involvement:

  • Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church in Albany, TX - Member

  • Flatwater Foundation – Volunteer

  • One World Health Organization – Volunteer

 

Family: Wife – Taylor, Son – Ryder