Salutes & Awards

December 7, 2012

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – December 7, 2012


Airman 1st Class Jacqueline Villines

56th Medical Operations Squadron

Aerospace medical technician

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska

Years in service: One

Family: Parents, John and Susan; brother, Nick; sister-in-law, Ashlee; and nephew, Titan

Inspirations: People who work hard and adjust to whatever life throws at them; my father served 26 years in the Air Force; and my mother who pushed herself to became a corrections officer

Goals: Finish college, become a paramedic or police officer

Self-description: Athletic, hard worker, family oriented, proud

Famous last words: “Just Do It.”

Off-duty interests: Basketball, sporting events, swimming, road trips

Commander’s comments: “In her short time here, Villines has been an extraordinary asset to the 56th MDG and done an outstanding job within the women’s health clinic,” said Col. Nicola Choate, 56th MDOS commander. “Her attention to detail and dedicated work ethic has earned her many accolades. She is also a member of the Honor Guard and has participated in 53 details including retirements, funerals and Color Guard ceremonies. She received the 56th Fighter Wing third quarter outstanding dorm resident award. She volunteers at Cyphers Center for Urban Arts in Phoenix to fundraise and mentor children. She embodies the ‘whole person’ concept.”




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