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17th TRW Spotlight: Airman First Class Brumfield and Airman Hathaway

Airman First Class Brumfield, 17th Medical Group logistics technician poses for a photo. Brumfield obtained over $100,000 in equipment and medical supplies for Goodfellow Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo)

Airman First Class Brumfield, 17th Medical Group logistics technician poses for a photo. Brumfield obtained over $100,000 in equipment and medical supplies for Goodfellow Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo)

Airman Hathaway (left), 17th Security Forces Squadron defender poses for a photo. Hathaway was selected as the top gate guard for the 3rd Quarter scanning over 25,094 IDs on Goodfellow Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo)

Airman Hathaway (left), 17th Security Forces Squadron defender poses for a photo. Hathaway was selected as the top gate guard for the 3rd Quarter scanning over 25,094 IDs on Goodfellow Air Force Base. (Courtesy photo)

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Airman First Class Brumfield and Airman Hathaway were both highlighted this week for the 17th Training Wing Spotlight. They were recognized for their hard work and outstanding performance in their career fields.

Airman First Class Brumfield

1. How does your job support the 17th Training Wing's mission?

I work in medical logistics. My job supports the 17th Training Wing by supplying medics with the tools needed, one example of this would be COVID vaccines. Without logistics to order and receive the vaccinations, we would be unable to provide the needed immunization which would result in the spread of COVID-19.

2. What do you find most rewarding about your work?

The most rewarding part about my job would be knowing the impact medical logistics has on the 17 MDG/TRW. We are the first point of contact in the clinic when any of our custodians need supplies. Knowing that one single purchase helps provide the necessary tools for the medics to help our troops, active duty members, and retirees.

3. What has been your biggest challenge in the military, and how did you overcome that challenge?

One of my biggest challenges in the military would have to be dealing with the stress encompassed with the end of the fiscal year. Stress is something that everyone deals with in their life, and it can be challenging to cope with stress. We learn to manage and cope with it, but it will always be there. Every challenge given in life is an opportunity to grow and strengthen your weaknesses in life. The first time I was overwhelmed and started to think of ways to cope was last year when COVID spiked. I thought to myself and realized that stress is only harmful if you perceive it as negative. Throughout my time in the military, I have noticed that my stress has been positive for me. It pushed me and gave me a reason to work harder and faster, beating deadlines. Stress can build chemical reactions in the body, such as epinephrine, and spike your adrenaline levels. This also happens to the body when you are doing something you love.

4. What has been your most memorable experience in the military?

The most memorable experience in my career is graduating from basic training. I remember the obstacles I had to overcome. It goes to show it’s not easy to get in but once you are in, take a moment to realize what you have truly accomplished.

5. What is one piece of information or advice you would like to pass on?

Being in the military, you are never alone. We are all in this together and are going through the same things.

 

Airman Hathaway

1. How does your job support the 17th Training Wing's mission?

The 17th SFS supports the mission by ensuring security on base, responding to emergencies, and maintaining good order and discipline.

2. What do you find most rewarding about your work?

I find it rewarding knowing everyone on base is safe. As an installation entry controller, I get a strong sense of satisfaction knowing that I prevented an unauthorized person from entering the base.

3. What has been your biggest challenge in the military, and how did you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge that I have faced in the military has been being far from my family. I have a strong connection with them, so frequent face time calls help me overcome the distance.

4. What has been your most memorable experience in the military?

The most memorable thing that I have experienced has been meeting new people. The opportunities for growth as well as the ability to learn from a diverse group of individuals is something I will always value.

5. What is one piece of information or advice you would like to pass on?

One piece of advice I would like to pass on is to stay humble. Being receptive to other people’s advice could help you in the future.

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