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Airman Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Jason Sampson
As the NCO in charge at the 47th Medical Healthcare Operations Squadron pharmacy at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Staff Sgt. Jason Sampson manages pharmacy operations, patient care and administrative functions like budget, supply and adherence to Air Force instructions. In Sampson’s eyes, attention to detail is all about making sure the patients
Airman’s Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Christopher Johnson
Staff Sgt. Christopher Johnson, honor guard NCO in charge, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, enjoys how his special duty continues to broaden his perspective of the U.S. Air Force and his range of experience. He notes once he or his team don their blues, they stop representing themselves alone and begin symbolizing the Air Force as a whole. “Honor
Airman’s Spotlight: Abby Salas
During PCS season and on graduation weekend, the Laughlin Manor’s pace of business picks up considerably. Abby Salas, 47th Force Support Squadron custodial supervisor, does not mind the extra work it adds to her plate. “We enjoy preparing the rooms for the students awaiting training and new permanent party members coming to Laughlin,” Salas said.
Airman’s Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Andrew Longaker
Staff Sgt. Andrew Longaker, a 47th Comptroller Squadron accounting technician, discusses the importance of keeping all of the Comprehensive Airman Fitness pillars strong and stable. “These pillars all rely on one another, meaning that when one pillar is weakened or destroyed, the other three pillars have to carry more weight,” Longaker said. “Eventually, one weakened pillar leads to four weakened pillars, damaging the integrity of any Airman. Lower fitness levels can eventually lead to lower energy levels and failed PT Tests, which can begin to affect the Mental & Social pillars if they go unchecked.” (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman John A. Crawford)
Airman’s Spotlight: 2nd Lt. Jordan Sowden
From the outside looking in, when some people think about a military service member the image of a dirt-covered, battle-hardened grunt in full combat gear may come to mind. Those who served could testify that isn’t always the case. Second Lieutenant Jordan Sowden, 47th Mission Support Group executive officer, breaks those barriers with her bright personality.
Airman’s Spotlight: Jose Lugo
Lugo has been packing parachutes for a while now, but he hasn’t always been packing parachutes for the U.S. Air Force. He started his craft in 2007, as a parachute rigger in the U.S. Army. As a Del Rio native, he felt a calling back to his home after his commitment was up in the Army, but he didn’t leave empty handed.
Airman’s Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Savaiano-Calderon
Staff Sgt. Stephanie Savaiano-Calderon, 47th Medical Operations Squadron Dental Clinic oral prevetive assistant, is trained to provide patients with oral health education and information as well as the basic elements of preventive care. Savaiano-Calderon’s hope is that the overall quality of the work she and her team accomplish in the clinic, will
Airman’s spotlight: Airman 1st Class Nancy Veloz
Security forces plays many roles in the U.S. Air Force, and one role people see on a daily basis are the Airmen guarding the gate. As the very first line of base defense, Airman 1st Class Nancy Veloz, 47th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, enjoys many things about her job. A few of the aspects of her job she enjoys are seeing how the military working dogs are handled, staying prepared for deployment, patrolling the base and especially getting to know many people.
Airman’s spotlight: 2nd Lt. Hieu Pham
Second Lieutenant Hieu Pham, 47th Student Squadron student pilot, discusses pilot training, how it compares to his life before the military, and how he believes it will affect his future. “Pilot training is definitely a lot harder than college or ROTC,” Pham said. “I’ve been given a lot more responsibility here with fewer people looking after me, and along with that responsibility, I’m held more accountable for my actions.”
Airman Spotlight: Master Sgt. Nicholas Jiles
Master Sgt. Nicholas Jiles, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment flight chief, is nearing his 20-year mark in the Air Force. In that time, he has had a lot of time to reflect on what it means to be an Airman. A “Big-A Airman.”