22nd OSS Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
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 Fatima Madrigal Gomez, 22nd Operations Support Squadron flight equipment journeyman, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of Nov. 26 to 30, 2012.

Madrigal Gomez has been in the Air Force for four years and at McConnell since March 2012. The Riverside, Cali., native enjoys working out, graphic design and volunteering in her spare time.

As an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, Madrigal Gomez inspects and maintains aircrew life saving equipment including helmets, oxygen masks, aircrew night vision equipment and aircrew chemical defense systems.

Since her time at McConnell, she has generated two tracking binders and created bag tags for 451 helmets.

"Madrigal-Gomez took it upon herself to rewrite the checkout procedures," said Capt. Adam Crane, 22nd OSS aircrew flight equipment flight commander. "Her efforts ensured the security of $902 thousand dollars worth of Air Force assets."

She has also completed her bachelor's degree, enrolled in a masters degree program and is continuing her education by taking a financial planning course to help manage her finances as well as mentoring her fellow Airmen.

"Her mentorship helped to foster an environment of success by grooming young Airmen in her flight," said Crane.

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My father and mother who passed away are the most positive influence in my life because they give me strength and the inspiration to be a better person in every aspect of my life.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
My advice would be to work hard, keep a positive attitude and get involved in your community because it pays off.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career?
My biggest goal is to one day become an officer.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way?
Madrid, Spain, is the most interesting place I have traveled to. The food and culture are breathtaking.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would like to meet the first Air Force female four-star general, Janet Wolfenbarger. She is a prime example that nothing is impossible as long as you never give up and work hard.