22nd Medical Group Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Barbara Blake, 22nd Medical Readiness Flight medical emergency manager, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of Feb. 22 - 28.

Blake, a Derby, Kansas native, has been active duty enlisted, active duty commissioned and an Air Force civilian for more than 26 years and has been a member of Team McConnell since May 2005.

As a medical emergency manager, she plans, organizes and directs the medical readiness activities of the 22nd Medical Group. She also develops, coordinates and implements plans to support emergency missions. When she's not on duty, she enjoys reading, archery and target shooting.

"Barbara Blake is a vital member and exceptional performer within the 22nd MDG," said Chief Master Sgt. Yvonne Miller, 22nd MDG superintendent. "Her duties and responsibilities are critical to the mission, as she ensures the MDG response information is incorporated into the wing, group and county emergency management plans. Her dedication to the mission and staff are always above reproach."

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

My family is the most positive influence in my life. I have four older sisters who taught me and are still teaching me many of life's lessons.

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

Enjoy the now. Don't wait for a "better assignment." Take advantage of each assignment and see the world one assignment at a time.

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

I've had many goals in my career that I've accomplished. Getting a higher education, getting a commission and then retirement. Now, my goal is to enjoy life and travel when I can.

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

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As a very independent woman working in a country where women have to keep their hair covered and can't drive, it was tough for me. It was honestly the first time in my life I was told I wasn't allowed to do something. It made me realize how important it is to protect our freedom.

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

I would like to meet Reba McEntire. She is a small town Oklahoma girl with a wealth of talent. I've always admired her music.