April 2017 Student of the Month

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Airman 1st Class Claire Newman, 312th Training Squadron student, is the Goodfellow Student of the Month Spotlight for April, a series highlighting exceptional Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

17th Training Wing Public Affairs: What led you to join the military?

Newman: I actually have my bachelors degree and I was working a bunch of different jobs for the past few years. I recently moved back to the states and wanted to reestablish myself. I looked at joining the reserves and figured that would be a good way for me to have a bit of stability while searching for what I really want to do.

What has been the most impactful moment in your career so far?

Finishing ‘electronic principles’ is kind of a milestone. It’s about half of our coursework and it’s supposed to be the more intellectually challenging part. I finished it about a week or two ago and I was very relieved and also proud for what I have learned because I knew nothing of electronics before.

What are your hobbies?

I do a lot of travel and also I’m a competitive Scrabble player.

What do you want to accomplish during your time here at Goodfellow Air Force Base?

I would like to become a distinguished graduate, which is going to be a challenge, and also become a red rope (highest tier for Airmen leader in technical training).

Is there any advice or anything extra you would like to share?


As far as coursework goes, for this award, it’s just really putting in the time and effort. Don’t waste any time, take advantage of any short breaks.