Health & Safety

February 28, 2014

MOS Airman – one of fastest on track

Tags:
Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, runs past the F-16 display outside wing headquarters Monday after completing a six-mile run. Franks has aspirations of competing with the Air Force cross-country team.

Airman 1st Class Melissa Franks, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, started running cross-country at age 15. While developing her skills as a cross-country runner she was awarded a cross-country scholarship to Yavapai College in Prescott. Franks was awarded the title All-American after a nationals race at the age of 18 while earning an associate degree.

“Sometimes I hate running, but I love how great I feel about it afterward,” she said. “The rewards truly are numerous, and once you realize that, it becomes addicting.”

While doing an internship for an undergraduate degree at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Va., through the Navy base’s fitness and sports program, she learned quite a bit about the military. After seeing what the military had to offer, she joined the Air Force to continue her education.

“School was a financial struggle,” she said. “It made it hard for me to think about pursuing graduate school. Now I can.”

Franks now works as a medical technician in the family practice clinic at Luke. She is also certified as an emergency medical technician for ambulances and can perform small procedures under doctor’s orders such as shots, IVs, wound care and obtaining vital signs.

“I love what I do now,” she said. “I love being able to help people while serving my country.”

While she enjoys her job, she has not let go of the joy she gets from running. Those dreams still motivate Franks today.

“If given the opportunity, I would love to run for the Air Force Cross Country team,” she said. “I will have to work hard and get my timed runs to where I would like them to be, so I can build a resume to submit.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Ho...
 
 

Everything I need to know about leadership, I learned …

I am sure you’ve heard of, or even read, Robert Fulgham’s best-selling book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Fulgham’s text resonates with many for the simplicity with which he describes “how to be a person.” Leadership in the 21st century Air Force is a much discussed topic, and one can...
 
 

Which one are you?

Have you ever worked for someone you felt was impossible to deal with? How about someone who you simply tolerated? Or have you worked for someone you actually really wanted to work for? What was your work environment like, and what was the attitude of the people among the different types of bosses? Let’s be...
 

 
Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and...
 
 

News Briefs May 15, 2015

Leadership Gold Members of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence are visiitng Luke to present Dr. John Maxwell’s Leadership Gold, which grows leaders and fosters teamwork, at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 in the Navy Operational Support Center, Bldg. 300, Room 412. Open to civilians and all ranks of enlisted and officers....
 
 

AF announces senior selects

The following master sergeants have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant: 61st Fighter Squadron Heather Hefner 56th Maintenance Group Christian Brandon 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Paul Branstetter and Brian Leonard 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Andres Vasquez 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit William Jennings 310th AMU John Taylor 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Tommy C...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin