Instructor of the week: SSgt. Pantoja-Slavin


Staff Sgt. Wioland Pantoja-Slavin, 363rd Training Squadron F-22 weapons instructor and native of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, has been in the Air Force for nine years and is the Instructor of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of July 18-24, 2017.


Most significant accomplishments:


“I completed my Community College of the Air Force degree and started my Bachelor’s degree in space studies maintaining a 3.3 GPA,” said Pantoja-Slavin. “I also received a volunteer medal for dedicating more than 400 hours with Habitat for Humanity.”


“I received an Achievement Medal for my Honor Guard performance, and an Achievement medal for a deployment to Korea in 2009 while stationed at Misawa Air Base, Japan,” she continued. “I also received two Commendation Medals for my duty performance at Kunsan, Air Base, Korea, and Joint Base Elmendorf Alaska. Lastly, I received NCO of the Quarter in 2016 during my time in Alaska.”


Airman’s story:


“I joined the military in 2008 not knowing any English,” Pantoja-Slavin said. “I worked hard to learned my duties and pass my Career Development Course’s. I am raising my two daughters along with my husband while working towards completing my bachelor’s degree. I am 12 classes away from finishing and I will hopefully follow with a Master’s degree.”


“We take self-defense classes as a family twice a week and go on bike rides every Sunday,” she continued. “I do my best to balance school, work, and hobbies, and spend as much time with my twin daughters as I can.”


Supervisor comments:


“Sergeant Pantoja-Slavin demonstrated high quality performance results by scoring excellent on three instructor evaluations,” said Tech Sgt. Matthew Corbin. “She spearheaded the transition from the old F-22 course to the new validation course. She also assembled the F-22 section student workbooks, progress checks, and form 98s, and taught first validation class while remaining flexible to teach and cover instructor shortfalls. Her dedication to teaching, additional duties, and volunteerism are second to none. We are truly grateful to have her as a member of the 363rd Training Squadron Sidewinders.”