17th Training Wing Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Ryan Tegtmeier

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  • By Senior Airman Ashley Thrash
  • 17th Training Wing Public Affairs

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

I am currently serving as the flight chief for the Military Medicine Clinic. In this flight, we serve and treat all active duty service members; anyone on flying status or in the firefighter pipeline. Additionally, we provide the student clinic sick call and perform all overseas and PCS clearances for permanent party and students. I believe this flight is essential to continued and safe operation of the 17th TRW. This is only possible through the tremendous team of professionals in the Military Medicine Clinic I have the pleasure of serving with.

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

I find most rewarding seeing people personally and professionally grow and develop into the best possible versions of themselves.

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

About three years ago, I had become complacent and lazy in my personal development and I was called out about it by someone in my workplace. This hit me hard. I took this as a wake-up call and a challenge. I then began studying and developing a plan for personnel development from those smarter than myself. This is a practice I still continue to employ.

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

This is a tie, either the first life saved when I was working in the emergency department at a previous base or the opportunity to learn and grow from some of the best people I have ever met. These are people I would never have had the opportunity to learn from had it not been for the military.  

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

Ask yourself two questions every day. First, “what are you doing today to make yourself better?” Second, “what are you doing today to make your team better?”