AFIMSC Portrait: Nikolas Chapapas

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Nikolas Chapapas is the right type of Air Force leader, always putting the success and recognition of his team ahead of himself. When asked about the proudest moments of his career, for example, his first thoughts go to his Airmen and their personal and professional achievements. 

“There is no single, proud for moment for me, but I got to see my Airmen receive awards, get promoted, achieve milestones and start families,” he said. “These are the moments that make the Air Force worthwhile.”

He’s also quick to brag about his AFIMSC teammates. As an enterprise manager in the AFIMSC Installation Support Directorate’s Integrated Protection Division, Nikolas and his colleagues address challenges to the resourcing of Defenders across the Air Force. An effort with many nuances, it primarily comes down to making good decisions on the best use of funds, which requires consistent interaction with many agencies and being attuned to others' perspectives. 

“I thought I had my stuff together when I came here, but I quickly noticed I had a lot to learn about integrating with others and their missions,” he said. “The quiet professionals in this organization make a resounding impact, and I want to be like them.” 

Outside of work, Nikolas is a competitive coach and athlete. He coaches a swim team, competes in triathlons, and recently earned a spot on Team USA to compete in the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Series in Pontevedra, Spain.

“I love everything to do with the water,” he said. 

An obvious inspiration to others in the sporting world, he says working for AFIMSC has inspired him. 

“It’s been an honor to work at AFIMSC. It’s taught me to think beyond Defenders and look at the bigger picture of how the Air Force safeguards our nation. I couldn't be any place better.”