Salutes & Awards

September 28, 2012

Thunderbolt of the Week – Sept. 28, 2012


Senior Airman Chelsie Nelson

56th Fighter Wing

Protocol specialist

Hometown: Waynesboro, Va.

Years in service: Three

Family: My husband, Earl; and three dogs, Marley, Giana and Akia

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing through the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program

Inspirations: Martin Luther King, Jr. When others were afraid to speak up about injustices, he was fearless

Goals: Become an obstetrician and specialize in high-risk pregnancies

Greatest feat: I’m the first in my family to go to college and have a successful military career

Self-description: I am full of energy, reliable and love to have fun

Famous last words: “Good job, champ!”

Off-duty interests: Shopping, hanging out with family and friends, and riding motorcycles

Commander’s comments: “Senior Airman Nelson is an all-star Airman who consistently strives for perfection in all aspects as a member of the protocol team,” said Lt. Col. Paul Willingham, 56th FW director of staff. “Her diligence and impeccable attention to detail reviewing invitations, scripts and programs, were clearly showcased during the 21 changes of command that took place this summer resulting in nearly flawless execution.”




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