High on security
Years of service: Nine years.
February 2008: LSET Honor Roll for the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Davis Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB), Arizona
July 2008: Distinguished Graduate of Aviation Resource Management Course, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
October 1, 2010 – February 1, 2011: Recognized as the 214th Reconnaissance Group Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the 1st Quarter, AZ Air National Guard
Education: Pueblo High School, 1997. Pursuing Associate’s Degree in Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force.
Duties: A typical day in the life of an Aviation Resource Manager is extremely hectic. My primary purpose is to ensure that all aircrew members are qualified to fly. Additional responsibiities include: HAZMAT Monitor, Unit Health Monitor, Female Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Unit Deployment Manager.
Who or what inspired you to pursue this career? I became interested in the Arizona Air National Guard right after the September 11th tragedy; it wasn’t until October of 2002 that I actively pursued the possibility of joining the Arizona Air National Guard. As a single mother of two children, I felt this opportunity would allow me to pursue a career with benefits and raise my children in a familiar environment where I had family support should I ever get deployed or sent away for any training. My grandfather was a Korean War veteran who served in the Navy. I admired him and wanted nothing more than to follow in his footsteps and serve my country.
Proudest moment: My proudest moment was graduating from Basic Training. This experience presented great challenges for me both mentally and physically. The seven-month separation from my children and parents was psychologically difficult, and I accomplished physical achievements that I did not believe were possible.
Who is your hero? My parents – they have always supported me in my personal and professional decisions, cared for my children when I have been deployed and assisted my family recently when my husband, who is also in the Arizona Air National Guard, was on a six-month assignment out of state.
Next professional goal: My next goal is to attain the rank of Tech Sergeant and ultimately I would like to apply for a First Sergeant’s position. I would love to be able to serve as a liaison between the troops and leadership.
Advice to others considering serving their community: My mother instilled in me a desire to serve others who are less fortunate. I have always been conscious of community need, and service to others is a great reward. I work hard to lead by example so that my children will also be aware of the needs of others.