Salutes & Awards

May 17, 2013

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Renee Polk
308th Fighter Squadron
Squadron aviation resource manager

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Hometown: Crestview, Fla.

Years in service: One year

Family: Parents, Roosevelt and Ella Polk; brother and sister-in-law, Trey and Melchar Polk; and brother, Rhys Polk

Education: Bachelor’s degree in sports management at the University of West Florida and an associate’s degree in exercise science at the Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla.

Inspirations: My parents for always demonstrating their faithful dedication to serving Christ, this country and the community.

Goals: Further my education and make staff sergeant the first time testing

Greatest feat: Starting my career in the Air Force after overcoming many obstacles and delays.

Self-description: Friendly, funny, humble, go-getter.

Famous last words: “As long as you do what is right, you can’t go wrong.”

Off-duty interests: Work out, play basketball, sing, create music.

Commander’s comments: “A1C Polk’s positive attitude is contagious,” said Lt. Col. Chris Colcord, 308th FS commander. “She attacks every endeavor with a smile and is always happy to be at work, whether we have 5 a.m. shows or she’s still at work at midnight. She will volunteer for any task to help the squadron. She single-handedly took care of the St. Mary’s Thanksgiving food drive within the squadron, from advertising it to collecting all the food items. She also volunteered to teach DUI prevention for a Wingman Day during our commander’s call.”




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