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Year of the NCO; Staff Sgt. Ashley Andrews

U.S. Air Force Citizen Airman, Staff Sgt. Ashley Andrews, 932nd Medical Squadron, mental health technician poses for a portrait in the MDS medical skills lab, June 2, 2021, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

U.S. Air Force Citizen Airman, Staff Sgt. Ashley Andrews, 932nd Medical Squadron, mental health technician poses for a portrait in the MDS medical skills lab, June 2, 2021, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --

Today we spotlight Staff Sgt. Ashley Andrews, 932nd Medical Squadron, mental health technician.

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

AA: I believe a NCO to be a leader; one that is professional, proficient, cares about the welfare and development of his/her Airmen, and is committed to accomplishing the mission.

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

AA: Some responsibilities of a NCO are leading activities, performing corrective actions, providing guidance and support, ensuring that Airmen are trained and proficient in their AFSC, and passing along tips/tricks of the trade.

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

AA: The biggest change, when becoming a NCO, was just stepping into a leadership role. Not long after I was promoted, my Platoon Sergeant (Army National Guard) became ill; his absence placed me in charge of our platoon. This was a position that the Unit didn't typically have an E-5 doing and it would not have been an opportunity for me had I not had NCOs that took the time to help develop and guide me.

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

AA: To become a NCO, I believe you should have discipline, adhere to and/or exceed the standard, and are capable of effectively communicating.

932AW: What advice would you offer Airman?

AA: Keep a copy of all military documents!!!!  Seek guidance, if you have questions ask. If you have suggestions, tips, and/or a more efficient way of completing a task, remember customs/courtesies and speak with your leadership about it. Follow-up emails are a necessity.

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

AA: I don't currently have a specific mentor. I do, however, have those that I can call on when needed.

932AW: Anything you would like to add?

AA: "The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket" - Will Rogers

We thank you Staff Sgt. Andrews and appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience with us!