Warrior of the Month - Senior Airman Catelynn Curnutt

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Name: Senior Airman Catelynn Curnutt
Squadron/duty title: 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical technician
Time in Service: Two years
Time with the 944th Fighter Wing: Two years
Civilian Job: Full-time nursing student
Hometown: Centerville, OH
Hobbies: Traveling as much as I can, watching the Dodgers, working out, reading, and taking my dogs on adventures.
Home-life: I live with my boyfriend, 5-month-old chocolate lab and a 10-week-old golden retriever.

Why did you join the Air Force Reserve?
Growing up, my dad was in the Air Force which took us all over, including Germany for seven years. There, I went to middle school near the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Passing it every day on my way to school, I witnessed the amount of bus-loads and Air-Evac patients coming from Iraq and Afghanistan. From then on, I knew I not only wanted to be in the medical field, but I wanted to help those serving our country. I grew up watching my dad tie his boots every morning and could not imagine myself in any other branch besides the Air Force. I did not want to wait until I was done with school to start my career in the Air Force so I reached out to an Air Force Reserve recruiter and figured out I could do both.

How does your job support the mission of the 944th Fighter Wing?
As an aerospace medical technician, we can support the mission by making sure all Airmen stay healthy, combat ready, and able to fly, fight, and win. As emergency medical technicians we can even potentially save one of our own or treat them if injured. As a member of the 944th ASTS, I help to ensure safe movements of injured military members to higher echelons of care to be able to return home to their families. Also, when I am assisting command support staff, I am ensuring that our members have orders to get the mission done. By making sure paperwork and vouchers are correct, I relieve the members of stress so that they are able to focus more on the task at hand. Letting the members know that they are supported and cared for in their own work environment helps morale and builds us all together as a team.

If you were on a deserted island…..?
I would get a good tan while I collect all the trash and plastic bottles that wash up from the ocean so I can build a boat out of all the plastic.