FOCUS ON THE FORCE: MSFS senior airman leads, teaches

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  • By Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen
  • 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
She works five days at a time from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

She is the coach of her flight's softball team.

She volunteers at a rescue mission serving food to the homeless.

A member of Big Brother's Big Sisters program since 2009, this is one driven individual.

Senior Airman Shanace Robinson, a flight security controller with the 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron, spends her duty days doing anything from accounting for items needed at a missile alert facility, to controlling entry and exit points, to pursuing her education at this Air Force Global Strike Command base.

"We've been working together for approximately a year and her presence is contagious," said Master Sgt. Colin Crandall, flight chief with the 341st MSFS. "She has a very good work ethic -her involvement in Big Brother's Big sisters has spread to her peers and has gotten other people involved as well."

In addition to taking every opportunity to volunteer for her community, this Airman also found time to pursue her education. In July 2011, Robinson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Park University with a Bachelor's of Science in management/computer information systems.

"Whenever I had free time, I would do schoolwork," Robinson said. "As soon as I came to Malmstrom, I immediately started college."

Robinson is driven, motivated, and respected, but her favorite part of her job is not the opportunity she's had to achieve her degree, it's the fact that her peers go to her for help with their own education.

"Knowing that whenever anyone needs help with schoolwork, and they come to me, that's the most rewarding part of my job," Robinson said. "If they need help as far as college goes, it's nice to lend a hand."

This natural leader and advocate for volunteering and education has earned respect from her peers and superiors.

Not only does Robinson help others with their individual higher learning, she also improves the morale at the MAFs.

"I try to keep everybody motivated," Robinson said. "It's the same thing from day to day so I try to encourage my peers to get out, volunteer and pursue school."

"She leads by example," Crandall said. "As an airman first class, she was certified as the Critical Certified Flight Security Controller position-normally a non-commissioned officer's position. Ahead of her peers, she steps up at every opportunity and affects people in a positive manner."