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NEWS | July 14, 2014

Blown away: Langley munitions Airman wins ACC award

By Senior Airman Austin Harvill and Senior Airman Aubrey White 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Whether working on the flightline, in a cubicle or around base, many noncommissioned officers and Senior Airmen share one key responsibility; they are responsible for the U.S. Air Force's most important asset - its people.

Since these NCOs not only act as direct supervisors, but as mentors for new Airmen, shaping their budding careers, and their ability to handle so much responsibility does not go unnoticed.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victoria Yale, 1st Maintenance Squadron supervisor, was named the Air Combat Command Munitions supervisor of the year for her efforts and shared her experience as a frontline supervisor.

"It is my job to take care of Airmen so they can take care of the mission," said Yale. "Leading by example is the mark of a great supervisor. If I make mistakes, I own up to it. If I need help, I ask for it. I never expect Airmen to do something I wouldn't, or couldn't, do myself."

Winning her award at the Major Command level means Yale had to strive, persevere and put in extra hours, but she believes true success comes from working with Airmen's development in mind all day, every day.

"In the [munitions career field], we are truly a family," explained Yale. "It is only because of that family that I received this award. They put me on their shoulders, so I owe it to them to give my all as a munitions troop and a supervisor."

Yale shared what she thinks are the most important lessons supervisors need to succeed.

"There are three things I take to heart: Don't 'clip an Airman's wings,' take charge and practice discipline," said Yale. "In order to do those things, though, [supervisors] shouldn't try to fix everything themselves. Embrace your support structure, because this Air Force will always reward those who do the right thing for Airmen."