By Jennifer Thibault
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
For one 50th Force Support Squadron sergeant, the holidays will be a little brighter thanks to a surprise visit by the wing commander and command chief.
Col. Wayne Monteith and Chief Master Sgt. Randall LaCombe informed Sergeant Lisa Head she was out of uniform Dec. 23 as she was selected through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program to be promoted to technical sergeant effective immediately.
“This is the best Christmas present ever,” said the teary-eyed noncommissioned officer in charge of Classifications. “This kind of stuff just doesn’t happen to me. It would have been more believable that I wasn’t selected.”
Her supervisors however think there is no one more deserving.
“Lisa’s technical ability is easily recognized but it’s her supervisory skills that really stand out. Her ability to take young Airmen under her wing and help develop them into future leaders is what’s most impressive,” said Master Sgt. Billie Hampton, superintendent, Military Personnel Section.
Although surprised on being selected, Sergeant Head is grateful for the gift to her and her family.
“This is such a blessing; I just have to thank God. And if it wasn’t for Sergeant Hampton and Sergeant Reyes this wouldn’t have happened,” said Sergeant Head.
To be considered for rewards like this, supervisors must nominate them. Her supervisors think the decision was an easy one based on Sergeant Head’s impact on the office and its operations.
“Lisa’s can-do attitude and knowledge are always a plus in the office,” said Tech. Sgt. Jaime Reyes, NCOIC, Force Management and Customer Support. “I rely on her leadership and management skills to keep our undermanned office running smoothly.”
A STEP promotion impacts more than just the promotee. Everyone who Sergeant Head comes into contact with will know that hard work is recognized and can motivate others to follow in her footsteps. For now, the latest STEP select is mostly concerned with how the promotion will impact her family.
“We have four kids so the pay raise will definitely help,” she said.