GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Who: Tech. Sgt. Vinh Nguyen
Unit: 17th Medical Operations Squadron
Duty Title: Medical services flight chief
How does your job support the 17th Training Wing's mission?
As the medical services flight chief, I am over the optometry and physical therapy departments. My job is train and mentor my Airmen within the flight so they in turn can provide medical care to base personnel by meeting their needs. For example, my optometry department can provide glasses or inserts to ensure students can see clearly. Also, the physical therapy department is available to treat a patient with acute knee issues on the same day. My job supporting the wing’s mission is to ensure my personnel are responsive to the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Fire Protection professionals.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
I am in the position to influence my peers and subordinates positively through mentorship and guidance.
What has been your biggest challenge in the military, and how did you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge is adapting to continuously changing environments such as moving to a new environment, transitioning to a different work center, or changes in leadership. I learn to embrace the changes by identifying my resistance and learning to accept the change. It’s a change in my mental attitude which allows me to overcome the challenges.
What has been your most memorable experience in the military?
My most memorable experience was when I participated in a joint service exercise and humanitarian deployment to the Pacific theater. This experience allowed me to see the workings of other organizations outside the medical group. Additionally, I could see the positive effect to countries in the humanitarian deployment.
What is one piece of information or advice you would like to pass on?
Have a good relationship with your chain of command and keep open communication in your office.