Salutes & Awards

October 18, 2013

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Staff Sgt. Melissa Holmes
56th Comptroller Squadron
Financial services customer service technician

Staff-Sgt
Hometown: Phoenix

Years in service: Four

Education: One class away from a Community college of the Air Force degree at Rio
Salado Rio. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in educational studies with Ashford University

Previous assignments: Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

Inspirations: Helping people in my job

Goals: Help people in my life to the best of my ability; retire from the Air Force and teach high school

Greatest feat: Becoming a successful parent figure to my brothers and sister

Famous last words: “I am losing my marbles.”

Off-duty interests: Relaxing with family and friends

Commander’s comments: “Melissa is a quiet warrior, battling every day in our financial services flight,” said Maj. Scott Smith, 56th CPTS commander. “Behind the scenes, she serves as a role model for younger Airmen (at only four years in). An additional task she has taken on has grown exponentially due to the recent government shutdown. Despite the hurdles we have presented, she has doubled down, working long hours and weekends. I am impressed with her calm demeanor, ability to work under stress and resiliency.”




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