Serving through the season: Senior Airman Cassandra West

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  • By Senior Airman Eydie Sakura
  • 341st Space Wing Public Affairs Office
"I feel fortunate and grateful simply because I have a job," said Senior Airman Cassandra West, 341st Security Forces Support Squadron security controller. 

These are the humble words of one Malmstrom Airman who will be working over the holiday season without complaint. 

"In the military, there are some sacrifices that you have to make in order to accomplish the mission," the three-year Air Force veteran said. "If I wasn't working over the holiday, I would be spending time with friends whom I have come to know since my arrival here." 

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native recently graduated from the Community College of the Air Force and earned her applied associates degree in criminal justice. She particularly enjoys shopping for other people and eating, both important skills to possess during the holiday season. 

"I don't really have a favorite holiday memory, but if I had to choose one, it would be my family and friends taking naps after eating more than we probably should have," Airman West said. "I'm talking about all of my family passed out in some part of the house. It's a sight you would have to see in person in order to get the full picture." 

Airman West said she is not sure if her work center has anything special planned for the holiday, but she's gearing up for another 12-hour shift. 

"I am sure my back office leadership will make their rounds to everyone in the squadron who will be working," she said. "Like I said earlier, I'm just happy to have a job."