36th CS ‘Top Performer’ takes pride in mentorship Published May 15, 2009 By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The ability to mentor is one of many key attributes noncommissioned officers in the Air Force must have to be effective leaders. For one NCO in the 36th Communications Squadron, his dedication to the mission and commitment to mentorship garnered him recognition as Team Andersen's 'Top Performer.' Tech. Sgt. Curtis Dickie, 36th CS noncommissioned officer in charge of transmission systems, arrived here only eight months ago, but he's been steadily making an impact around his shop. He was also selected May 14 for promotion to master sergeant. "Tech. Sgt. Dickie has a work ethic and dedication to duty that is beyond reproach," said Master Sgt. Scott Chambers, 36th CS transmission systems section chief. "He has developed some of the finest technicians and professional Airmen in uniform today. Our Airmen are truly proud to serve next to an NCO like Sergeant Dickie." Sergeant Dickie, a Tucson, Ariz., native, joined the Air Force 18 years ago after graduating high school and working as a mechanic for a couple years. "I was being paid on Friday and found myself being completely broke on Sunday and I was starting to become comfortable," Sergeant Dickie said. "I needed a change of direction because I couldn't see myself at 50 years old living from paycheck to paycheck. I joined the Air Force to help that change in direction and [give myself more responsibilities.]" While his workload may sometimes keep him from directly participating in volunteer activities, his job in ground radio affords him a chance to contribute indirectly in a support capacity. "Our shop supports a tremendous amount of activities," Sergeant Dickie said. "We do a lot of public address [system] setups. I've supported various activities for [Army and Air Force Exchange Services] and African American History Month. Our entire shop provided support for the Special Olympics. [Almost] every event that happens where there's a speaker, we're probably involved in some way." In addition to his work, Sergeant Dickie also has his sights set on furthering his education. "I have two [Community College of the Air Force] degrees - one in Applied Systems Technology and another I earned as an instructor," Sergeant Dickie said. "I haven't really decided what I want to be when I grow up, but I'm thinking of [pursuing] my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering." Sergeant Dickie takes pride in making himself available to the Airmen in his work center outside duty hours. "I try to have get-togethers with them at my house once every two weeks," Sergeant Dickie said. "I also volunteer to help people in my squadron with their vehicles [when they need assistance.] We also have deployers in our work center and I want to make sure they feel at home." When he's not working or mentoring, he spends time with his wife and two children. Some spots in the island they frequent include Gab Gab Beach and Tumon Bay. They also go on "boonie stomps" and take in the Guam scenery. Sergeant Dickie humbly insisted his recognition as 'Top Performer' is not all about him. "To be honest, I'd prefer my [Airmen] be recognized," Sergeant Dickie said. "All I do is facilitating them getting the job done. Everything I do is in support of them. When I have people over, it's to build camaraderie. When I'm working on their cars, I'm making sure they can get to work. I take this recognition as recognition for the work center, section and squadron."