JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas –
In an effort to ensure potential Air Force recruits have all the information they need to make decisions about their future military career, Air Force Recruiting Service offers live social media career chats each month when anyone can ask questions about a specific enlisted Air Force specialty. On Jan. 27, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Religious Affairs Airmen will be in the hot seat for questions regarding their careers.
“We look forward to talking about what the Air Force provides its service members in the way of spiritual care, one of the four domains of the Comprehensive Airman Fitness,” said Leslie Brown, Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs. “Introducing our service’s culture and way of life is an important aspect of our monthly career chats. It helps orient our audience of interested applicants and future Airmen toward what they can expect should they choose to serve our nation. Each month we focus on a different career field or experience one may have in the Air Force.”
Senior Airman Tamera Fowler, who will be answering questions during the upcoming chat, joined the Air Force and became a Religious Affairs Airman after completing training.
Chief Master Sgt. Braderick O. Adams, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Chapel superintendent, said Fowler is such an exceptional Religious Affairs Airman that she was asked to advise the career field manager on the career’s accession process.
“Her inputs have helped synchronize the process across Air Force Recruiting Command,” Adams said. “She has also partnered with Air Force Recruiting Public Affairs to conduct a career field chat which is intended to give future applicants a greater understanding of the Religious Affairs Airman career field and the accession process.”
As a Religious Affairs Airman at JBSA, Adams said Fowler assisted with developing the chapel’s Basic Military Training Branch plan to record, edit, and distribute worship services and other faith-based content.
“This plan helped preserve religious freedom for 19 faith groups in service to 36,000 Basic Military Training trainees, technical training students, permanent party personnel, and their families,” he said.
Fowler also helps provide routine and emergency counseling support during Health Protection Condition Charlie at JBSA.
“She maximized her team's counseling capability by streamlining the scheduling process using an electronic system. As a result, military training instructors can uphold Health Protection Conditions while getting trainees timely triage and care,” Adams said. “Taking this innovative approach to scheduling enables our chaplains and Religious Affairs Airmen to assist trainees and return them to training spiritually fit quickly.”
Senior Airman Lillian Griffith, who will also participate in the upcoming chat, has also been an excellent asset to JBSA-Lackland and the Chaplain Corps, Adams said.
“From volunteering to fill a short-notice deployment to helping implement the digital services for the Chapel, and even leading the charge on the diversity and inclusion discussions, Griffith has done it all,” he said.
“Whenever we needed a volunteer, she is always the first to raise her hand,” he said. “Recently, our technical training section had a manning shortage, and we were unsure of how we would move forward with some virtual events,” Adams said. “Senior Airman Griffith stepped up to the plate, learned how to maneuver the operating system, and ensured our event went on without any issues.”
Adams said Griffith embodies the theme of, “Caring for Airmen, more than anyone thinks possible.”
“Recently, we had a chaplain returning from deployment, and she put together a group to welcome him back,” he said. “She is always caring for the members of our team, and she has a positive attitude that spreads to the other members of the team."
Griffith, who was recently selected for promotion to staff sergeant, also plays a part in selecting future Religious Affairs Airmen.
“She was on the board responsible for vetting new members looking at joining the career field,” Adams said. “Her actions have directly led to the JBSA-Lackland Chapel’s training branch success, and have also influenced how the Air Force Chaplain Corps operates.”
The social media chat being held Jan. 27 is just one of many opportunities for interested individuals to learn about U.S. Air Force or Space Force careers. Each month, their social media channels provide an opportunity for followers to participate in a Q and A with real-life Airmen.
“In collaboration with Public Affairs, our subject matter experts answer each question in real-time within the allotted hour,” Brown said. “Generally, these monthly career chats happen on a Wednesday toward the end of each month.”
For information on religious affairs careers or other Air Force or Space Force specialties, go to: https://www.airforce.com/. Follow the social media links at the bottom of the page to view previous chats and to receive notifications of upcoming chats.