Ramstein highlights women's history month

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To help highlight Women's History Month, the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs recently met with several inspirational women around the Kaiserslautern Military Community to ask them a few questions about what the month means to them. Staff Sgt. Joy Martz, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center Air Mobility Division NCO in charge of training, filled us in with her responses.

Q: Who has been the most influential woman in your life? Why?

A: I am. I am my own worst critic 9 times out of 10. I am the most influential person in my life because I have never learned more about myself and how to be a better version of me, rather than falling down and kicking myself in the butt when I don't meet my own expectations. I am a work in progress and being self-aware of that fact is powerful.

Q: What is your greatest personal accomplishment thus far?

A: So far, it was being awarded the John L. Levitow award in Airman Leadership School. In the command post career field, we don't receive a lot of interaction with many people during our duty hours outside of telephone conversations. To begin a class with complete strangers one day and then earn their respect and confidence of people that I have never interacted with before creates a huge boost in self-confidence.

Q: What professional goal do you hope to accomplish and how are you working toward that goal?

A: I want to work in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center. I have to earn the rank of technical sergeant to even have a chance of working there, but it is also essential that I gain experience in nuclear command and control aspects of our career field.

Q: What is something unique that most people don't know about you?

A: I can't wait to one day tell my grandchildren that I was once a ballerina, an artist, a bartender, an air traffic controller, a wife, a mother and a world traveler.-- it's a pretty neat perspective."

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to women interested in joining the Air Force, what would it be?

A: You have the opportunity to re-invent and better yourself at each and every assignment. You will never be stuck forever. Take advantage of each new beginning.