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22nd MXG Airman earns spotlight performer

Senior Airman Talisha Brittingham, 22nd Maintenance Group knowledge operations management journeyman, poses for a photo in the maintenance group conference room March 14, 2013, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Brittingham was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of March 11 to 15, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura L. Valentine)

Senior Airman Talisha Brittingham, 22nd Maintenance Group knowledge operations management journeyman, poses for a photo in the maintenance group conference room March 14, 2013, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Brittingham was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of March 11 to 15, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura L. Valentine)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating one or more of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander's intents: Foster a culture of excellence ... Develop the next generation of leaders ... Set and achieve goals.

Senior Airman Talisha Brittingham, 22nd Maintenance Group knowledge operations management journeyman, was chosen as the 22nd Air Refueling Wing spotlight performer for the week of March 11 to 15.

Brittingham has been in the Air Force for four and a half years and at McConnell since the completion of technical training. When she is not at work processing awards and decorations for the largest group in the 22nd ARW, she enjoys volunteering for Kansas Big Brothers and Big Sisters and working out. Additionally, she is one course away from obtaining her Community College of the Air Force degree.

"Her commitment and dedication both on and off-duty are an example for us all to follow," said Maj. Eliud Torres, 22nd MXG executive officer. "She is a mature Airman that brings vigor and dedication to the workplace every day."

Brittingham has demonstrated her leadership skills within the maintenance group while fulfilling the role of an NCO in charge for a total of six weeks. During that period, she was responsible for reviewing more than 100 officer and enlisted performance reports, task management tool actions and decoration citations.

Brittingham is an invaluable asset to the 22nd MXG, the mission of McConnell AFB, and the Air Force, and she truly epitomizes the "whole-person" concept, said Torres.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?

I can't say that there is just one person that has positively influenced my life. I feel I have different outlets for each aspect of my life. My family is definitely my support system. It's filled with comedians so when I am having a bad day they tend to give wisdom through comedy and I always enjoy a good laugh.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?

I would tell a new Airman to learn to be a good leader as well as a good follower. Don't be too eager to always shine but don't get comfortable being in the background either. There should be a balance.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?

Of course to "make rank," but overall my goal is to learn as much as I can and then learn a bit more.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?

The most interesting place I've ever been to has be either Hawaii or Iraq. In Hawaii, the days were extremely long and the food selection was endless, which made trying new foods very exciting and seemingly, there was a lot of time to indulge in the different foods. Iraq was Iraq. I enjoyed being there and being able to do my job while experiencing a sense of togetherness that developed naturally.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

I really can't think of anyone I would like to meet. I meet new people and enjoy them before realizing I wouldn't mind encountering them again.