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Year of the NCO; Master Sgt. Christina Griffin

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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --

Today we spotlight Master Sgt. Christina Griffin, 932nd Medical Squadron, bioenvironmental engineer, acting unit training manager

932AW: In just a few words what is an NCO?

CW: An NCO is someone who, through time and training has been appointed to train and guide the next generation of airmen. They are the technical experts and "go to" people for work related questions and mentorship/guidance.

932AW: In your words, what are some responsibilities of an NCO?

CW: Sharing your knowledge and skills, motivating and mentoring airmen as well as learning about your airmen and getting to know them.

932AW: What changed from being an Airman to becoming an NCO?

CW: As an airmen I was focused on learning my AFSC and how I fit into the Medical Squadron. As an NCO, you are in this weird limbo, between teaching the next generation of airmen, and being taught the big picture of the Air Force. Here you are both mentor and being mentored.

932AW: What do you think it takes to become an NCO?

CW: Core Values, Patience, Flexibility, Adaptability a Sense of Self and a Sense of Humor.

932AW: What advice would you offer Airman?

CW: Be patient with your supervisors. No matter the experience or skill level of your supervisor, no one can possibly be prepared for every situation, just know that we are learning too. Learn from your supervisor, whether it's good or bad, either way, put it in your toolbox for later, you'll need it.

932AW: Do you have a mentor or anyone that helped you in career to becoming an NCO?

CW: I feel like I have a couple different mentors for different reasons. Mentors who push me to do more than I think I am capable of, mentors that guide me to where I want to be or to interesting opportunities, and mentors that listen when I need a space to talk things through and organize my thoughts out loud. If you have a wide variety of mentors you will be surprised the things you learn, and the opportunities that are out there. Don't silo yourself.

932AW: Anything you would like to add?

CW: Thank you!

We thank you Master Sgt. Griffin and appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience with us!