Linebacker of the Week: Staff Sgt. La Toya Ibanez

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  • By Airman 1st Class Breanna Christopher Volkmar
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. La Toya Ibanez, 36th Security Forces Squadron commander’s executive assistant, was recognized as the 36th Wing’s Team Andersen Linebacker of the Week, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 26, 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 commander’s executive assistant, Ibanez advises the commander and squadron leadership on all personnel issues as well as coordinates and schedules all office and squadron activities. She manages multiple commanders support squadron programs such as the unit control center, recall rosters, and in and out-processing requirements. Ibanez acts as the unit’s alternate unit fitness program manager as well by administering and processing Air Force fitness assessments for 270 active duty personnel. She is also the command sections booster club representative and directs the drug demand reduction program for the unit, ensuring all notifications are sent out in a timely manner.

Additionally, Ibanez not only conducts administrative duties within 36 SFS, she is originally a flight and operational medical technician from the 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight. She recently partnered with the 36th Medical Group, scheduling and conducting mass flu shots for over 370 personnel. Ibanez also certified the 36 SFS in tactical combat casualty care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic life support, demonstrating the work ethic of a multi-capable Airman.

“They call me an honorary defender with a medical background,” said Ibanez.

Finally, she constantly demonstrates the importance of leading people and strengthening partnerships by advocating for local volunteer opportunities for the squadron. Recently, she participated in a back-to-school drive for the Harvest House where she helped raise $1,500 for backpacks. Additionally, she continuously volunteers for youth sports as a medic which led to her earning the unit’s volunteer of the 2nd and 3rd quarter award. Her work ethic and unit involvement sets the tone for her peers and Airmen to emulate.

“What I love most about my job is making things happen,” said Ibanez. “Being a part of the commander support staff, we’re providing service to make sure if our members deploy or move on, that they’re ready.”

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, Ibanez!