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Saluting a role model, Wingman during Women’s History Month

Posted 3/24/2011   Updated 3/24/2011 Email story   Print story

    


Commentary by Tech Sgt. Wilmon Cullers
66th Medical Squadron


3/24/2011 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- In 1991, I entered the United States Air Force. While unknowing what the service had in store for me, I embraced many challenges--both big and small--with the guidance of various leaders.

At times, I felt a compromise in my emotional, spiritual and social well being because I was detached from family and friends. Physically, these times took its toll on me, however, remarkably enough, there was always someone in which I could confide in: a Wingman. During Women's History Month, I'd like to salute one such Wingman.

Since being stationed at Hanscom, I've had the privilege of meeting a great role model and leader, now retired Master Sgt. Cynthia Woodruff. She was someone who truly defined the meaning of Wingman. Although wearing a dual hat, as a mother of two boys and a senior NCO, Sergeant Woodruff never turned a deaf ear to my questions, concerns or gripes. Spiritually, she provided me with sound advice, which restored my hope and resiliency when all else failed.

Not only was Sergeant Woodruff a supreme Wingman, but she was also an excellent mentor to me and my troops. While pacing the floor prior to my Airman meeting the board for a below-the-zone promotion, Sergeant Woodruff assembled a crew of NCOs to give him a final "look over." I believe this was a contributing factor that led to him being one of only two Airmen to win BTZ on base.

I can't praise Sergeant Woodruff enough. She was a senior NCO who encompassed the Wingman concept, the Air Force core values, my definition of an impeccable leader and a great role model to look up to during Women's History Month.



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