Staff Sgt. Christine Callan, Airman Leadership School
/ Published November 19, 2007
Warrior of the Week -- Staff Sgt. Christine Callan is an instructor at Buckley's Airman Leadership School. She is the Warrior of the Week for Nov. 16 through 22.
Time in Service: Nine years, six months
Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Hobbies: My family.
What is the combat capability that you exemplified to earn the title, "Warrior of the Week?"
I provide top-notch professional military education so expeditionary Airmen who will soon lead, manage, train and counsel teams, can do so not just at their home station but in a deployed situation as well.
How do your day-to-day duties impact the Air Force mission?
By teaching the principles of leadership and management, human resources, communications and the profession of arms we are giving Airmen the tools needed to sustain the best Air Force in the world.
If you could change one thing about the Air Force what would it be?
Changing the number of convalescent leave days allotted for maternity leave. I know this won't happen in my lifetime, but since I just recently experienced it I think it's worth mentioning. Six weeks is the minimum time women should be given to recuperate and for babies to build their immune system. Some supervisors allow Airmen to take additional leave after that, but for those who can't due to mission requirements, it should be extended.
What has been your most memorable experience in the Air Force?
My entire Air Force experience has been memorable. I can't pick one instance that stands out more than others. Deploying to Oman when I was a security forces member was an eye-opening experience. It made me realize the need to "train like you fight." But, cross-training as a first-term Airman into public affairs gave me a greater appreciation for what other career fields do for the Air Force. And I think that every Airman should apply for some type of special duty in their career. If nothing else, it gives them the opportunity to interact with a variety of people. That is what is most memorable to me; all the great people I have met and how they have influenced me to become who I am today.
Why do you serve?
I serve knowing that I am one of only 337,780 out of 301,139,947 Americans that can do what I do.
Buckley ALS Instructor of the Year, 2007
Top Three Mentorship Award
82d Training Wing Airman of the Quarter, 2001
82d Support Group Airman of the Year, 2001