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Former Marine serves as Air Force contract administrator

Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Meyer, 28th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, reviews paperwork at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 4, 2015. One of Meyer’s primary duties is reviewing contracts to ensure they comply with Air Force guidelines. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller

Staff Sgt. Chris Meyer, a 28th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, reviews paperwork at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 4, 2015. One of Meyer’s primary duties is reviewing contracts to ensure they comply with Air Force guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James L. Miller)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Meyer, 28th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, celebrates a touchdown with his son, Nate, while playing football in the Pride Hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 4, 2015. Meyer and his family use the facility during winter to escape inclement weather. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller

Staff Sgt. Chris Meyer, a 28th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, celebrates a touchdown with his son, Nate, while playing football in the Pride Hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 4, 2015. Meyer and his family use the facility during winter to escape inclement weather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James L. Miller)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AFNS) -- (This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.)

From base landscaping to office computers, nearly everything found at Ellsworth Air Force Base flows through the 28th Contracting Squadron.

Among the Airmen leading the charge is Staff Sgt. Chris Meyer, a contract administrator with the squadron. Meyer provides contracting support and business advice to Ellsworth AFB and combatant commanders, as he deals with base contracts daily.

As a contract administrator, Meyer handles many facets of the contracting process, from the preliminary overview to closing them out once completed.

“We do most of the legwork, which can be a lot,” he said. “However, we are proprietors of the taxpayers’ dollars, so we try to get the best deals in the most expedient manner.”

However, Meyer is not always in the office at his computer. He also participates in contractor evaluations to ensure they are getting the job done correctly and on time.

“We may mostly be seen behind our desks, but the evaluations are important to make sure the job is getting done on pace, so we aren’t wasting taxpayer money,” he said.

Former infantryman

Although Meyer may spend a lot of time behind the desk now, that wasn’t always the case -- he served five years in the Marines before switching to the Air Force.

“I enlisted for four years as an anti-tank assault team infantryman and took an extra year for a special duty with an antiterrorism security team,” he said. “It was a lot different than my current contracting job ... (but) while some people may think it is boring; it is exactly what I wanted.”

When Meyer visited the Air Force recruiter, he signed up for a job in the contracting career field, which would allow him to face new challenges.

“I am still helping people and making sure the military’s needs are met,” he explained. “Now my job is a lot less life-threatening, and I can spend more time with my family. That was the biggest reason for the switch. I didn’t want my kids to not know who I was, or worst-case scenario, not know me at all if I didn’t make it back.”

Whether he is at the office supporting the mission, or at home supporting his family, Meyer said, he could not be happier with how he is serving.

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