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April 2017 Student of the Month

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Claire Newman, 312th Training Squadron student, stands for a portrait outside Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Newman is the Goodfellow Student of the Month spotlight for April 2017, a series highlighting Goodfellow students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Claire Newman, 312th Training Squadron student, stands for a portrait outside Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. Newman is the Goodfellow Student of the Month spotlight for April 2017, a series highlighting Goodfellow students. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 312th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for April 2017 to Airman 1st Class Claire Newman, 312th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 312th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for April 2017 to Airman 1st Class Claire Newman, 312th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 315th Training Squadron Officer Student of the Month award for April 2017 to 2nd Lt. Evan Alban, 315th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 315th Training Squadron Officer Student of the Month award for April 2017 to 2nd Lt. Evan Alban, 315th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for April 2017 to Airman 1st Class Job Elliot, 316th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 315th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for April 2017 to Airman 1st Class Job Elliot, 316th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 316th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for April 2017 to Lance Cpl. Marshall Briggs, 316th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Watts, 17th Training Group deputy commander, presents the 316th Training Squadron Student of the Month award for April 2017 to Lance Cpl. Marshall Briggs, 316th TRS student, in Brandenburg Hall on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Airman 1st Class Claire Newman, 312th Training Squadron student, is the Goodfellow Student of the Month Spotlight for April, a series highlighting exceptional Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

17th Training Wing Public Affairs: What led you to join the military?

Newman: I actually have my bachelor's degree and I was working a bunch of different jobs for the past few years. I recently moved back to the states and wanted to reestablish myself. I looked at joining the reserves and figured that would be a good way for me to have a bit of stability while searching for what I really want to do.

What has been the most impactful moment in your career so far?

Finishing ‘electronic principles’ is kind of a milestone. It’s about half of our coursework and it’s supposed to be the more intellectually challenging part. I finished it about a week or two ago and I was very relieved and also proud for what I have learned because I knew nothing of electronics before.

What are your hobbies?

I do a lot of travel and also I’m a competitive Scrabble player.

What do you want to accomplish during your time here at Goodfellow Air Force Base?

I would like to become a distinguished graduate, which is going to be a challenge, and also become a red rope (highest tier for Airmen leader in technical training).

Is there any advice or anything extra you would like to share?


As far as coursework goes, for this award, it’s just really putting in the time and effort. Don’t waste any time, take advantage of any short breaks.