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News | April 2, 2018

Enlisted Corps Spotlight for April

By U.S. Strategic Command U.S. Strategic Command

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ebony Ford, noncommissioned officer in charge for the secretary of the joint staff, hails from Sumter, S.C., and has served in the military for six years.


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


A: My office works as the middle man for a lot of the tasks that come from the Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as tasks that are to be routed to USSTRATCOM’s commander, deputy commander and chief of staff.


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


A: The most rewarding things for me are the small thank yous and appreciation.  It’s nice when you’re doing something that seems so small, such as taking out the trash, and someone makes it a priority to thank you.


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


A: The most challenging thing for me working here, was actually working here. My desire was to come to Offutt Air Force Base, spend a year here and apply to go overseas. I simply realized this location wouldn’t last forever and decided to enjoy it for what it is and gain connections.


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


A: I would have to say just being in the military as a whole. I came in not knowing what to expect. I had a completely different idea of what the military actually was, not knowing if I’d make it through basic training, then technical training school, now I look up and realize I’ve been in for six years.


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: Take advantage of it. I know sometimes that’s easier said than done.