Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Awardee Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Orbach

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The 932nd Airlift Wing recognizes the hard work and dedication of its 2023 Annual Award Winners.  In this spotlight article, we are highlighting Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Orbach, 73rd Airlift Squadron training noncommissioned officer in charge.

What did having your name announced as an annual winner for the 932d AW mean to you and what was your initial reaction?  

Completely surprised and grateful and a reminder that if you work hard you can achieve.

What inspired you to join the Air Force, and how has your journey led to this remarkable achievement as an annual award winner for the 932d Airlift Wing?

After witnessing the events of 9/11 unfold live on television in my high school classroom years ago, I felt inspired to do something greater than myself and, later enlist. My closest family and friends probably never imagined this path for me. Feeling the need to leave my hometown behind and get out in the world was an exciting and humbling road.

Can you share a specific experience or project that you believe contributed significantly to your selection as an award winner? What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them?

This year marked a significant milestone for our Wing with the largest modification to our C-40 fleet in two decades. We navigated the complexities of a new communications system and adjusted our training to meet the executive airlift requirements while prioritizing safety and security. These efforts have enhanced our inflight experience and capabilities. Change inevitably brings challenges, but adaptability and persistence are crucial.

As an annual award winner, what message do you hope to convey to your peers and those coming up in the ranks about dedication, excellence, and service?

Having a commitment mindset to continuously improve standards that will positively develop my peers and future Airmen is what keeps me motivated for higher performance.

How do you balance your duties and responsibilities within the Air Force with personal growth and development? Any tips for maintaining such a high level of performance and commitment?

Balancing multiple responsibilities can be challenging. One of the best leadership tips I’ve ever received was to volunteer for everything and embrace discomfort. Through this process you will discover how your professional goals and personal growth can align.

Looking ahead, what are your aspirations and goals within the Air Force, and how do you plan to continue making a positive impact on your unit and the broader Air Force community?

I am an improvement driven person who is motivated by growth and always eager to seize opportunities. I aim to maintain my enthusiasm and drive, both in pursuing future opportunities and into contributing to our mission here in the 932nd.