Salutes & Awards

January 24, 2014

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Shaylah McKinney
56th Force Support Squadron
Customer service technician

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Hometown: Elmira, N.Y.

Years in service: One

Family: Youngest of four siblings, mother and step-dad

Inspirations: My oldest sister Jennifer, who retires from the Air Force next year, and my mother

Goals: Retire as a chief after 30 years, graduate with under-graduate and graduate degrees, live a successful life with a family

Greatest feat: Graduating basic military training

Self-description: Upbeat, outgoing individual who likes to make people laugh with corny jokes

Famous last words: “Boopadabeepboop!”

Off-duty interests: Working out, eating, hanging out with friends, going to church

Commander’s comments: “As a customer support representative, Airman McKinney continues to exceed the standards by receiving 100-percent positive customer feedback,” said Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, 56th FSS commander. “In many cases, she is the face of Luke Air Force Base and the Air Force at large to dependents and retirees she assists on a daily basis. She is the primary in-processing program monitor and has in-processed an average of 135 Airmen to Luke. She has also dedicated 20-plus off-duty hours to volunteer in the local community since her recent arrival.”




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