Women’s History Month Spotlight

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  • By Airman 1st Class Armando A. Schwier-Morales
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Senior Airman Crystal Whiterock, was born on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City Arizona. Raised near the Grand Canyon, Airman Whiterock now works at the 22nd Medical Group Immunization Clinic as an Allergy/Immunization technician. Her hobbies include running and reading.

Who has been or is a positive influence in your life and why?

The most positive influence in my life is my mother, Sherrie Gamez. She is hard working, independent, caring and smart. She always puts her family first. I was especially thankful for her when I had my knee surgery. I was stuck in a brace for two days; it was hard to do a simple task like taking out the trash. She was there to give me my medication, cook and clean. She called home to Arizona every morning and night to check on my brothers, and while I was asleep, she logged into her account at work.

What accomplishments are you most proud of and why?

The most recent accomplishment I am proud of is the completion of Allergy/Immunization school. It is an intense six week course in Silver Spring, Md. We had to learn about different types of vaccines, licensing ages, immunization schedules and much more. I didn't know there was so much information. It was a little overwhelming but I got through it. I am glad I took the course because immunizations are always needed. There are always new guidelines to follow and new types of vaccines. It's a career field where you always have to be up to date on the most current information.

The theme for Women's History Month this year is, "Our History Is Our Strength." What meaning does this have for you?

"Our History Is Our Strength." From the beginning we build our structure and ourselves, it's up to the person or company whether to find courage in their past experiences to help them grow and make better decisions. For instance, two people could be put in the same difficult situation but it's up to each individual about how to deal with it. Whether good or bad decisions were made, your past experiences give you strength, courage, individuality and make you who you are today.