November 2009 Portrait of a Professional

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Staff Sgt. Jessica Beall, 129th Maintenance Operations Flight, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.

What is your favorite memory in the AF?
Meeting my husband, Staff Sgt. Tom Beall. We met at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He did a rap song about the C-130; it was the funniest thing I had ever heard. He had me from that moment on. We dated for two years long distance before we got married. 

What motivated you to enlist in the AF?
I always knew I wanted to be in the military. My mother was a Marine and my dad was in the Navy, I didn't want to join the Army so I did the buddy system and enlisted in the Air Force with my best friend. It kind of came naturally for me; I knew what I was going to be doing. I was active duty for three and a half years and have been in the guard a little over two years. 

What's the most important lesson you've learned in the AF?
The importance of family and their support. Both my husband and I being military and deployed at the same time, our parents stepped in and watched our daughter for us. I think family support is absolutely necessary. 

If you could deploy anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I've always wanted to go to Guam, I though it would be a neat place to go. If I could travel anywhere I would go to New Zealand, but there's not a lot of Air Force stuff going on in New Zealand. 

What is your job in the civilian world? 
I'm full time with plans scheduling and documentation. 

Where did you grow up?
I split my time between Austin, Texas and Clinton, Iowa.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I had a scholarship to University of Iowa for cheerleading. 

What are your hobbies?
I'm a reader. Whenever I can get my husband into the garage to build his models and put my daughter down for a nap, I take that time to read.