January 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 Jessica Green, 129th Rescue Wing public affairs specialist, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.

What is your favorite memory in the AF?
Although I haven't had a chance to have to many memories, only having about six months under my belt, I would have to say that my time in tech school experience was by far the most exciting, fun and beneficial experiences of my life. I made awesome friends, learned a lot, and made great contacts with other people that will be in the small public affairs community within the military, throughout all services.

What motivated you to enlist in the AF?
I enlisted in the guard specifically for my job. I'm going to school at San Jose State for journalism, and I've always wanted to do something great with my education. I enlisted to fine tune my education in the field...military training triumphs university teaching.

How has being an Airman changed your outlook on life?
I've always been a pretty self driven person; with the help of the military I've better learned the wingman concept. I've learned that I cannot succeed alone, but need the help of others. Being a leader requires a lot of correspondence with everyone above and below you to ensure that everyone is getting the help they need. All of the people I've meet so far in my military career have been very quick to help in any way possible. I hope that I too can build that confidence and rapport to make sure the mission gets completed.

What's the most important lesson you've learned in the military?
I believe it was at basic training when I was told that "when civilians see you in uniform, you might be the only Airman that they'll ever see, and you want to make the right impression because you are representing the Air Force." With that piece of advice I take pride in representing the Air Force through leadership, responsibility and maturity as best I can in and out of uniform.

If you could deploy anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would really like to join the war effort in Afghanistan. Enlisting while a war is going on is one thing, but serving my country and never being deployed to support is another. Being in public affairs, I want to deploy to do all that I can to help and have our story told.

If you could choose any AF job, which would it be? Why?
I wouldn't choose any other job; I came in specifically for this career field and wouldn't have it any other way.

Where did you grow up?
San Jose, Calif.

What is your job in the civilian world?
I will be a full time student next semester and working in a temporary technician slot on base as long as I can. Working here as a staff writer and gaining as much experience and knowledge as I can will only help me in my education

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I really enjoy cleaning, so when I get bored at home I clean my house and rearrange the furniture in my room.