Enlisted Corps Spotlight for July

By USSTRATCOM Public Affairs | July 1, 2017

Rank/Name – Airman 1st Class Georgina Zavala

Duty Title/Directorate – Personnel specialist, Reserve Directorate (J10)

Hometown – Council Bluffs, Iowa

Time in Service – 2 years, 8 months.

Q: How does your job support USSTRATCOM and our missions?

A: As a personnel specialist, my mission is to help Airmen. Here in J10, my focus is on the Reserve component members. I ensure that our Airmen receive counseling and have the resources for proper growth and career development. I also help ensure Airmen are fully informed about all aspects of their service and growth, and provide essential information regarding benefits, job specialties, promotions and duty assignments. On any given day, I may be working on anything including manpower issues, decorations, simple admin tasks or GOFO/DV support.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work at USSTRATCOM?

A: The opportunities that are presented daily to learn and grow professionally and to help others.  To work for an organization greater than myself; for example, I had the opportunity as an A1C to coordinate and present the Colors at numerous retirement ceremonies.

Q: What has been a challenge for you regarding your work at USSTRATCOM and how have you overcome that challenge?

A: Coming from a Guard unit, I knew there was going to be an adjustment because I’d be working in an active duty and joint-service environment. That is something I had never done before. Luckily, I came across the best leadership here at USSTRATCOM, they have been essential for my growth and development.

Q: What has been your most memorable experience in the military?

A: My most memorable experience in the military has been presenting the Colors at the 2017 College World Series opening game. Everything seemed so perfect! The excitement of the crowed was contagious, the flyover of the jets and the singing of the National Anthem, it was all perfect timing!

Q: What is the one piece of information or advice about working at USSTRATCOM that you'd pass on to new members of the USSTRATCOM team?

A: USSTRATCOM is a door opener. Regardless of your rank, military or civilian, it is full of opportunities to develop and reach a greater level. I would most definitely recommend this assignment to any first term Airman.