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NEWS | Nov. 25, 2017

25th AF civilian recognized as exceptional, visionary leader

By Lori A. Bultman 25th Air Force Public Affairs

The recipient of the 2018 Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award for Air Combat Command was awarded to Pierre Terry, 25th Air Force director of staff at Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection Directorate (A4).


Among the entire civilian Airmen population at 25th AF, Terry has shown herself to be a visionary leader and an exemplary civilian Airman with many accomplishments.


This dedicated wingman championed the 25th Air Force INSPIRE program, redefining the program’s charter and supporting the headquarters’ commitment to diversity in the workplace.


“Ms. Terry has been a staunch advocate for the 25th Air Force INSPIRE program and she has promoted women's empowerment as it relates to growth and development in the Intel community,” said Jerry Rizzo, deputy director, A4. “Her systematic approach, coupled with a focus-driven attitude, have made an enduring impact on the women assigned to the NAF (Numbered Air Force).”

This civil servant and leader has fostered relationships with community leaders to advocate for new and innovative personal and professional programs.

“Her footprint extends far beyond the halls of the 25th Air Force,” Rizzo said. “She was instrumental in the development of a Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific INSPIRE program; she assisted in authoring the unit's charter and established processes that uplifted 175 NATO teammates.”

Terry has been active in community organizations, to include the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, where she built a bilateral rapport with local leaders for more than 235 NAF members.


In an effort to keep women motivated in the workplace, Terry facilitated "Brown Bag" events highlighting career progression, stress reduction and mitigating workplace issues. She organized a Women's Fitness Fair to inspire healthy lifestyles and encourage regular fitness routines, and sponsored a six-week challenge targeting health improvement to reduce civilian employee sick leave days. She was the event planner for the headquarters’ Women’s History Month program, which included six events.


“Ms. Terry has generated awareness of the contributions of the total force,” Rizzo said. “She is a true advocate for the advancement and upward mobility for all women throughout the organization.”

The award, named in honor of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, recognizes civilians and service members who have exhibited innovation, commitment and a selfless spirit of service while inspiring others and significantly improving the integration of and opportunities for women within the Air Force.