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Helping fellow Airmen: a job and a passion

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  • By Tech Sgt. Anna-Marie Wyant
  • 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
Airmen of all ranks and career fields are encouraged to help one another whenever possible; it's the concept of being a good wingman. For many Airmen, helping others is part of their job, but for Senior Airman Faith Morgan, it's more than that - it's a passion. 

Morgan, the executive assistant to the 920th Rescue Wing's Command Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Bianchi, said she loves her job because it entails helping others. 

"The command chief master sergeant, if you break down his very extensive job description to what it really means, what he's doing is taking care of enlisted folks and making sure they have what they need so they can accomplish the mission," Morgan said. "So my job is helping people. That's the part I enjoy."

As the command chief's assistant, Morgan said a big part of her job is focusing on the wing awards program, including making sure supervisors and subordinates are aware of the process and have the information needed to write and submit award nominations. She also ensures the packages meet the proper suspense and are ready for the command chief and awards board to review, coordinates the review results, and orders the trophies and plaques to be presented to the winners.

"My job is basically making sure that every Airman in the wing has an opportunity to participate in our awards program," Morgan said. "We have Airmen of all ranks in the 920th who are doing truly extraordinary work. We want to make sure that they receive the recognition they deserve, not just at the wing level, but all the way up to the Air Force level."

Helping fellow Airmen is also the main aspect her job in civil service. Morgan has been working at the 45th Space Wing's Airmen and Family Readiness Center at Patrick since 2007. Initially she worked with them as a state employee; in late 2012 she transitioned to a government civilian position. Morgan is now an assistant for the Transition Assistance Program, a five-day program that helps prepare retiring or separating active-duty Airmen for a smooth transition into civilian careers.

"It's a helping job," Morgan said of her civilian position. "I love jobs where my primary job is to help people, so I help people every day ... I find that very rewarding."

Morgan and her coworkers' hard work and dedication to Airmen haven't gone unnoticed. Her office was recently recognized as the having the best Airman and Family Readiness program in the Air Force for 2012.

Morgan isn't the only one in her family who dedicates her career to helping others; it's the purpose of her husband's job as well. Morgan's husband, Master Sgt. Blain Morgan, is a pararescueman with the 308th Rescue Squadron, part of the 920th RQW, Air Force Reserve Command's only combat search-and-rescue wing. As a pararescuman, commonly known as a PJ, he lives by the rescue motto, "These things we do, that others may live."

Morgan, who has been with the 920th RQW since July 2012, previously served as a maintenance data systems analyst on active duty for six years. She met her husband while she was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., while he was at the same base for PJ training.

She left active duty in 1996, after the birth of her daughter. Morgan said the desire to help others and be closer to the Air Force community motivated her to join the Air Force Reserve after more than 15 years out of uniform.

"It was always something I wanted to come back to after I was on active duty... Blain was very supportive of my decision," Morgan said.

Morgan said her time in the Reserve has been great. When she's not helping Airmen in her civilian and Reserve jobs, Morgan and her husband help a different breed - actually, several different breeds.

"We foster dogs for a local shelter," said Morgan, whose family has two Australian Cattle Dogs of their own.

Morgan, a self-admitted dog lover, said in her spare time she enjoys training her dogs, and has recently seen the fruits of her labor.

"We have one (dog) that can open the refrigerator and get you a Coke and bring it to you," Morgan said proudly. "We have not yet taught the dog how to close the refrigerator - that's next!"

Helping people and canines makes Morgan and her family happy; she said is thankful for both her jobs, which have allowed her to make a positive impact in the lives of Airmen, their families and the Air Force community.

"We are living the dream here," Morgan said. "(Patrick) is the best ... What more can you ask for? The people here are great."

Yes they are, and Morgan is proof.

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