In Case You Missed It, 17th Training Wing Spotlight: Master Sgt. Andre Casiano

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Master Sgt. Andre Casiano is the 17th Training Wing Service Member of the Week for Nov. 8. He was recognized for his hard work and outstanding performance in his career field as a contracting officer.

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

The 17th Contracting Squadron has the ability to leverage the commercial marketplace to procure supplies and services that may not be available organically through the military supply chain. These commercial items help enhance the 17 TRW’s mission to train, develop, and inspire the future force here at Goodfellow.

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

It is a rewarding feeling knowing that the 17th Contracting Squadron has an immense impact on Goodfellow’s training mission.

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

It is very challenging keeping up with the numerous changes to policies and procedures that affect the execution of contracts. Many of our mission partners are not aware of the regulations that contracting professionals need to follow. The best way to overcome this is by being transparent with mission partners regarding the contracting process and letting them know we are here to help them.

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

The most memorable experience I have had in the military was my deployment to Iraq in 2008. It was the first time I had to operate in a joint environment, and it was a great learning experience on how other branches operate.

5. What is one way that you accelerated change?

The best way to accelerate change is by keeping an open mind and positive attitude.

6. What is one way that you have thrived?

I have thrived by accepting change. The Air Force has been through some massive changes since I joined in 2002.

7. What is one piece of information or advice you would like to pass on?
Spend time with your family and let them know how important they are. Not only do you make sacrifices with your service, but your family does also. Your career in the military may end after 4, 12, or 20 years, but your family will be there forever.