Linebacker of the Week: Staff Sgt. Emily Tiedt

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  • By Airman 1st Class Emily Saxton

Andersen Air Force Base, Guam-- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Tiedt, the noncommissioned officer in charge of adverse actions assigned to the 36th Wing office of the Staff Judge Advocate, was recognized as the 36th Wing’s Team Andersen Linebacker of the Week, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 21, 2022.

The Team Andersen Linebacker of the Week recognizes outstanding enlisted, officer, civilian and total force personnel who have had an impact on achieving Team Andersen’s Mission, Vision and Priorities.

As the NCOIC of adverse actions, Tiedt plans, organizes and directs legal services. She also provides section management supporting three enlisted members, three officers and one civilian personnel. Tiedt provides administrative and litigation support, drafts legal reviews, court filings and other documents. She prepares weekly updates to Air Force Headquarters, obtains and verifies funding, prepares subpoenas and arranges travel for witnesses and experts to testify at court-martials and hearings.

When Tiedt first arrived in 2021, she settled into the position of NCOIC of civil law. While in this role, she stayed busy and accomplished many things. After the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, she partnered with chapel and command teams to address requests for religious accommodations, drafting 20 legal reviews. She oversaw the wing’s legal assistance program, providing services to nearly 1,000 clients and saving Team Andersen over $120,000 in legal fees.

“If you’re not willing to work hard, then you can’t expect others to work hard either,” said Tiedt.

After transitioning to her current position, Tiedt also took on the role of acting NCOIC of military justice. This position, which is usually held by a higher rank of Tech. Sgt., consisted of preparing two pretrial confinement hearings, protecting members’ constitutional rights while ensuring the safety of the alleged crime victims. After a long-standing shortage of court member roster data, Tiedt coordinated with the 36th Wing front office staff to distribute a wing-wide tasker, resulting in a 230% increase in available court members.

Tiedt has taken a role in developing junior paralegals by training them on how to investigate and pay claims, review private organization fundraisers and prepare court documents. She is currently working towards her master’s degree and has recently received the Legal Research and Writing award and was named the top graduate at the Paralegal Craftsman course. Her work has led her to be recognized as the 11th Air Force Paralegal of the Quarter as well as the Pacific Air Forces Paralegal of the Month.

“I enjoy helping my co-workers and working together as a team,” said Tiedt. “A lot of the time when it comes down to it, it’s teamwork that puts the court together.”

The term Linebacker is rooted deep within Team Andersen’s history. Operation Linebacker II took place on Dec. 18, 1972, and was the largest number of heavy bomber strikes launched by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II. During the operation, B-52s from Andersen flew round-the-clock bombing missions over North Vietnam to destroy major targets in Hanoi and Haiphong in an effort to bring the Democratic Republic of Vietnam back to negotiations.

The recipient will have the opportunity to sign a “Linebacker” football jersey that will be displayed in the Wing Headquarters building.

Way to go, Tiedt!