Chief shadow: Staff Sgt. Ann Marie L. Bierman

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  • 39th Contracting Squadron
Name/rank: Staff Sgt. Ann Marie L. Bierman 

Squadron: 39th Contracting Squadron

Job title: Contracting craftsman and team lead

Job description and how do you contribute to the 39th Air Base Wing's mission? 

As a team lead, I am one of only three warranted contracting officers in the flight entrusted with a $2 million warrant providing contract support to the 39th ABW.  Some of the contract support includes refuse, mail delivery and vital services in the 39th Medical Group.  In addition, I directly support Operation Inherent Resolve through higher dollar purchases made using my government purchase card for expedited purchases and deliveries for those deployed or deploying to the different areas of responsibility. 

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

I hope to finish my bachelor's degree.  I'm eight classes away from completion.

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

The biggest lesson I've learned in the Air Force is that it rarely aligns with your personal agenda and it is up to you to adapt and overcome the challenges that you are presented with from day to day.

Who inspires you?

I've been inspired by several of the people I've worked for in the past. One of them is Nancy Andrews, a senior executive service employee in contracting at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. She was our contracting directorate and she always seemed to balance the civilian and military needs to meet the mission. Andrews is one of those people that is genuinely concerned with the people who work for her. I hope to one day be like her when I'm in a leadership position.

What is your number one goal?

My current number one goal is to finish my Course 15 and continue developing as a technical sergeant select.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ten years from now, I aspire to be a chief master sergeant in my career field.

In pursuit of this goal, I would like to be vectored for a critical leadership or developmental position in the contracting when I become a senior non-commissioned officer.  The position I desire most is to be the superintendent of a contracting office as a master sergeant. After that, I'd like to work on a major command staff, leveraging my operational experience to influence policy.  This progression will help me be prepared to become a MAJCOM functional manager as a chief master sergeant.