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Medical support Airman is top performer

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Mike Andriacco
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Jeanie Snyder of the 36th Medical Support Squadron Medical Logistics flight knows a little something about being a top performer. She has won Airman of the Quarter twice and Airman of the Year for her squadron, all before hitting her three years of service mark.

Airman Snyder was recognized for stepping up and taking control when most of her unit deployed to Indonesia in support a natural disaster relief effort. Since her office ensures Andersen's hospital is stocked with supplies, this left the hospital at risk of mission degradation. She made sure that did not happen.

"She basically ran the flight," said Staff Sgt. Dana Edwards, Airman Snyder's supervisor. "She was doing the work of a seven-level Staff or Tech. Sgt. and even trains me sometimes."

Airman Snyder has lived all over as a military dependent and lived in Guam for almost half her life. She enlisted in the Air Force in Missouri though and has been stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. She enlisted without a career field reserved and considers herself lucky to work in medical logistics.

"I initially wanted to do something else in the medical field," she said. "But working behind the scenes of a medical clinic is great. It feels good to be part of the backbone of a successful hospital."

Mostly her job involves procurement of medical supplies, working on purchasing contract with the contracting squadron, and reviewing documents for accuracy in a field where errors can cost lives and delays for essential medical equipment.

Airman Snyder's coworkers feel that she is a great asset to the team, but she thinks she's just doing her job and is part of a much larger machine.

"It's not just me," Airman Snyder said of what earned her these accolades. "It's the flight as a whole. To me it feels like me winning this is really a way for everyone in the office to be recognized together."