Military Appreciation Month: Spotlight on an Airman Week 3

by 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Editor’s note: May is Military Appreciation Month, and we’ll highlight a different Airman and his or her job once per week for this month. We’re truly grateful for the hard work each Airman puts forth each day, and every job — big or small– contributes to the U.S. Air Force being the best Air Force in the world. Is there a military member you appreciate? Tell us in the comments below.

Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Reed is the flight service center noncommissioned officer in charge for the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. She’s been in the Air Force for more than 13 years. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, nail art, making diaper cakes and cooking.


How does she portray Service Before Self?
Reed is always willing to share knowledge with the Airmen. She continuously tries to improve processes and doesn’t mind working extra hours to complete the mission.

Why did you join the Air Force?
I’m from a large family, and staying in St. Louis wasn’t an option for me. I’ve always wanted to travel and experience different cultures. Most importantly, the Air Force has allowed me to be a part of what makes America great.

How does your job support the mission of the 48th Fighter Wing?
We support the mission by managing due-in maintenance accounts and ensuring repairable assets are expedited to the back shops or returned to the supply pipeline for other repair facilities.

What drives you as an Airman?
I’m driven by knowing that I’m protecting the freedom and way of life enjoyed by my fellow Americans.

What skills do you possess that set you apart from other Airmen in your shop?
I’m always willing to learn new skills, and I don’t mind putting in the extra-long hours to complete the mission.

What has been your favorite place to travel in England/Europe, or where would you like to travel to?
I love being immersed in other cultures and experiencing them firsthand. Each spot I get the pleasure to explore holds a uniqueness that I can’t compare to any other.

PHOTO: Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Reed (right) teaches Airman 1st Class Eric Licatovich about incoming packaging slip procedures at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2014. Reed, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron flight service center NCO in charge, was nominated for a Liberty Spotlight because she displays the core value of Service Before Self. Licatovich is a 48th LRS flight service center apprentice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dawn M. Weber/Released)

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Military Appreciation Month: Spotlight on an Airman Week 3