Women’s History Month: Master Sgt. Melissa Jones

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  • By Captain Nicole Wirth
  • 17th Training Wing

During Women’s History Month we are highlighting outstanding Goodfellow women. These women willingly answered just a few questions to share details about their personal journey, as well as thoughts on leadership and success. This week’s highlight is U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Melissa Jones, 315th Training Squadron flight chief.


What is your Job?

I am in charge of the commander’s programs at the 315th TRS, and the flight chief for casual lieutenants before they start the intelligence officer course.


What is the impact if your job here at Goodfellow? 

I keep the 315th TRS inspection ready and I mentor and prepare future intelligence officers for their upcoming leadership roles in the Air Force.


What female public figure, past or present, inspires you and why?

I read the book “I am Malala” recently in a college class, so I would say Malala Yousafzai. She was not afraid to stand up for what was right even when threatened by the Taliban. I only hope that if I am ever in a similar position, I would be able to hold my ground.


What qualities make a great female leader?

What makes a great female leader is the ability to be a good listener, not judging a situation too quickly, and genuinely caring about both your mission and your people.


What is one crazy or unique fact about yourself?

I am a huge nerd. I love science and I am an avid computer gamer.


What was your “dream job” as a kid?

When I was a kid I wanted to be a veterinarian. While I still love biology, now I would like to be a biology teacher instead.