Year of the Airman spotlight: Staff Sgt. Abby Eccles, 932nd Medical Squadron

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  • By Maj. Neil Samson
  • 932nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Throughout this year, the 932nd Airlift Wing recognizes Airmen amongst the wing as part of the “Year of the Airman” campaign.

Staff Sgt. Abby Eccles has been recognized by her medical squadron leadership as the 932nd Airlift Wing Year of the Airman Spotlight.

Staff Sgt. Eccles is a 932nd Medical Squadron medical technician.  As a medical technician, she is a valuable, multi-faceted healthcare team member, augmenting other medical professionals to provide critical support and essential care in multiple medical roles, assisting doctors and care for patients in a wide range of situations, ranging from administering immunizations to supporting aeromedical evacuation operations.

Eccles said it is her duty to provide efficient and quality healthcare to all members and their dependents. 

In providing this quality healthcare, she said there’s an element of her AF Reserve career she enjoys. 

“The favorite part of my job is building interpersonal relationships with my patients in the healthcare setting while aiding them in the healing process,” added Eccles.  

She said her inspiration to join the AF Reserve was to further her education, which was an important reason.

“I also wanted to serve a greater purpose in the medical field, and it was a major aspiration of mine when joining the Air Force,” she said. “My father was in the U.S. Army for 22 years so he fully supported my decision to join the military and serve just as he did.”

Eccles said her AF career applies conversely to both her undergraduate degree and civilian career.

“I have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and plan to pursue my career further in the medical field,” she added. “I use my 4N0 (medical technician) training every day at my civilian job as a phlebotomist.”

Looking to the future, Eccles said her long term goal is to complete a DPT (Doctors of Physical Therapy) and earn a commission in the Air Force.