Chief Shadow: Staff Sgt. Michele Waninger

Chief Master Sgt. Vegas Clark, 39th Air Base Wing command chief, stands with Staff Sgt. Michele Waninger, 39th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, in the 39th ABW conference room before beginning Waninger’s chief shadow day Feb. 19, 2016. Airmen are chosen for the command chief’s shadow program based on their commander’s recommendation about their dedication to the mission and their job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

Chief Master Sgt. Vegas Clark, 39th Air Base Wing command chief, stands with Staff Sgt. Michele Waninger, 39th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, in the 39th ABW conference room before beginning Waninger’s chief shadow day Feb. 19, 2016. Airmen are chosen for the command chief’s shadow program based on their commander’s recommendation about their dedication to the mission and their job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Name/rank: Staff Sgt. Michele Waninger

Squadron: 39th Maintenance Squadron

Job title: Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician

Job description and how do you contribute to the 39 ABW's mission?

Aerospace Ground Equipment Rangers perform inspections and maintenance on equipment such as heaters, hydraulic systems, floodlights, and certified equipment.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish while at Incirlik?

While at Incirlik, I plan to continue going to school and take as many classes as possible to reach my bachelor's degree as soon as possible.

What has been your biggest lesson learned in the Air Force?

My biggest lesson learned in the Air Force is "trust but verify". Meaning that you should trust fellow Airmen in what they say but verify the information to ensure that the mission is completed to the fullest extent possible.

Who inspires you?

Many different people in my supervision inspire me. I pick and choose a couple traits from higher ups to use in my daily duties to help make me a better NCO.

What is your number one goal?

My number one goal is to complete at least 20 years in the military while traveling with my significant other to places all over the world.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself still in the military as a technical sergeant, or even better a master sergeant with a bachelor's degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.