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2008 Randolph Ambassadors named

By Susan Gandy | 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs | Dec. 18, 2007

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The 12th Flying Training Wing announced the 2008 Randolph Ambassadors Dec 7. 

The Ambassadors, selected by a panel of six judges, are Senior Airman Vikas Kumar, 12th Aeromedical Dental Squadron, and Senior Airman Jennifer Booth, Air Force Personnel Center. 

The Randolph ambassadors will represent the base at more than 75 events throughout the year, including parades, social and military functions, hospital and school visits and the San Antonio Fiesta celebration in April. Personnel can also expect to see the ambassadors at on-base events like July 4 activities and the annual tree lighting. 

Airman Kumar hails from Chandigarh, India, and works at the Aerospace Physiology Training Flight as a technician. He trains pilots and aircrew members in subjects such as oxygen discipline, altitude threats and survival training for combat or crash situations.
Maj. Thomas Massa said, "Because of Airman Kumar's hard work and diligence, the Aerospace Physiology Training Flight has trained over 7,000 students this past year, which is an all-time high for the number of students trained ... tops in the career field AF-wide." 

Promoted to senior airman "below-the-zone" this year, Airman Kumar just completed an 18-month tour with the Base Honor Guard, participating in over 100 funerals, 20 color guard ceremonies, many retirement presentations and POW/MIA activities. 

He has a diploma in hospitality management from the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in information technology management from the American Military University. 

"The community I live in has given me so much that it has been beyond my expectations," he said. "I am happy and proud to be a part of Randolph's rich history, heritage and the wonderful people that have made working here an amazing experience." 

Randolph's other ambassador, Senior Airman Jennifer Booth, is a native of Winston- Salem, N.C., and works in the enlisted promotions office at AFPC. Her primary duty is managing the staff sergeant promotion cycle. She ensures that senior airmen Air Force-wide meet eligibility requirements to test for staff sergeant. 

Airman Booth currently holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, and plans to pursue a master's degree in health administration. 

She is an active member of many organizations like the Randolph Airmen's Dorm Council, Junior Enlisted and NCO Councils and the Air Force Sergeants Association. She also is involved with the Big Brother Big Sister organization and gives time to the Meals on Wheels program. Airman Booth also serves on the base honor guard. 

"I am excited beyond words to represent Randolph AFB in the San Antonio community this coming year," she said. "I want to show the community how proud I am of Randolph and the Air Force and I want to tell them what it has done for me. Randolph receives a tremendous amount of support from our local communities and I feel it's only right to treat them with the same." 

Her supervisor, Staff Sgt. Joshua Fahlgren, said Airman Booth will be an excellent representative for this base because her exceptional ability to communicate. 

"She will be a tremendous asset to the Ambassador program," said Sergeant Fahlgren. 

For more information on the ambassador program, call Susan Gandy, 12th FTW
Public Affairs, at 652-4407.