February 2010 Portrait of a Professional

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Airman 1st Class Kayla Sather, 129th Medical Group bioenvironmental engineer, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.

What is your favorite memory in the AF?
Every Honor Guard Ceremony I do is very powerful. My ceremony for Chief Cantrell was very moving. I handed off the flag to him. He was beaming with pride as I thanked him for his 41 years of service.

What motivated you to enlist in the AF?
Both my parents were in the military, my mom was Army and my dad is currently Air Force. I grew up with a lot of patriotism. My dad taught me that Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem in 1814 before he taught me my times tables. I always knew I wanted to be a part of the fight.

How has being an Airman changed your outlook on life?
Integrity is deeper ingrained in my character. Breaking the rules no longer just affects my reputation, it reflects on the Military.

What's the most important lesson you've learned in the military?

Time management, though I thought that I was a good multi-tasker before. Now I attend school full time and work as TSgt Metzger's assistant in the Human Recourses office. There is a lot going on and I am learning fast how to manage my time well.

If you could deploy anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go to anywhere oversees. I have been all over the states with military parents, but I want to see the world. My first pick would be Germany.

If you could choose any AF job, which would it be? Why?
I would love to be a pilot. I am getting my Bachelors now. When I am done I would like to pursue being a pilot. Although, I will need to get a waiver for my height since I am 2 inches too short.

Where did you grow up?
I went to Mountain View High school. Before that I went to school in Parma Idaho, Ontario Ore., Watertown, NY, and Fruitland, Idaho. My home will always be Ontario, I go home every Christmas to see my family, including my mom and two younger siblings.

What is your job in the civilian world?

I work as a technician on Moffett as an administrative assistant.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I used to play World of Warcraft.

What are your hobbies?
I like to read, go to the movies, and dance. I did ballet and Jazz in High School.