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Commander’s Wingman of Choice: A1C Pawlak

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Airman 1st Class Melissa Pawlak, 82nd Medical Support Squadron laboratory technician and native of Oak Lawn, Illinois has been in the Air Force for two years and is the commander’s Wingman of Choice at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Mar. 3-9, 2016.

“My family is always my inspiration,” Pawlak said. “I know they will be proud of any accomplishment I achieve, little or life changing. My goal is to go to medical school to become an anesthesiologist. Joining the Air Force has allowed me to continue my education and is getting me closer to my anesthetist dream.”

Pawlak was chosen as the Wingman of Choice because she performed well above her current rank.  The laboratory work force was reduced by 40 percent over the last year. In six months as a permanent party member she has: progressed rapidly through her bench lab technician training, assisted the Medical Group patient advocate with processing customer service surveys, volunteered to help process applicants during the weekly Air Force Sergeants Association Airman in Training drive, and modified front desk procedures that directly led to the lab’s 2015 College of American Pathologist accreditation. 

Commander’s Comments: 

“After initial technical training, Pawlak attended her Phase II Medical Lab training at Sheppard,” said Lt. Col. Charles Marek, 82nd MDSS commander. “Upon notification of her staying at Sheppard after Phase II training, the Medical Lab staff were excited due to her outstanding technical and professional qualities exuded during training. She has not disappointed and has become an awesome, dedicated member of the flight, squadron, and group. Pawlak’s positive and cheerful attitude have garnered her numerous kudos from patients and staff alike. Pawlak is a shining example of the outstanding Airman that continue to join our Air Force.”