HILL AFB, Utah --
This week’s Hispanic Heritage Observance Month spotlight is Tech. Sgt. Melecio Berg, a section chief with the 34th Fighter Generation Squadron. His responsibilities include directing 20 personnel across the management of 21 squadron to wing level programs, ensuring that aircraft maintainers always have safe, reliable, and ready equipment.
He is also chief of inspections with the 388th Fighter Wing’s Inspector General Office, where he leads the Wing Inspection Team, executes the wing commander's Inspection Program, and promotes wing readiness by conducting exercises and inspections.
“I find joy in guiding Airmen on their journey to growth—both as skilled maintainers and committed professionals. Witnessing them innovate and excel reassures me that the legacy of the world's greatest Air Force is in competent hands,” Berg said.
Berg was born and raised in San Diego, California. He is the son of immigrant parents who journeyed to the United States in search of a brighter future. From a young age, he harbored a dream of military service as a way to reciprocate the opportunities afforded to his family.
“This country opened doors for my parents that were otherwise closed,” he said. “Serving in its defense is my way of giving back and saying thank you,” he said.
Berg takes immense pride in his Hispanic heritage, describing it as a culture of grit, hard work, resilience, and an undying spirit of perseverance. He believes that the strength of America lies in its rich tapestry of diversity.
“I am proud to be a Hispanic American and to celebrate my culture and everything that my family has done to make it to the United States,” he said. “Hispanic Heritage Month isn't just about recognizing contributions, it's a celebration of the unique blend of resilience and passion that defines us as a people.”
He said if he was to give advice to young Airmen new to the Air Force it would be to always strive to be better every single day.
“It does not matter if you crawl, walk, or run; if you are moving forward you are striving for excellence,” he said. “And always remember that little by little, you will get through all your problems.”
Outside of his military responsibilities, Berg has a variety of interests and hobbies. He's an avid photographer, cinephile, reader, and writer. He even nurtures the dream of someday channeling his love for storytelling into screenwriting and directing a short film.