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Support Airman of the Week: SSgt. Tolbert

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Staff Sgt. Cha’Niece Tolbert, 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 14 commander’s support staff administrator and native of Miami, has been in the Air Force for seven years, eight months and is the Support Airman of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Sept. 20-26, 2016.


Most significant accomplishments:

Recently Tolbert was deployed in support of Navy Special Operations, Joint Special Operations Task Force, Arabian Peninsula. While in the combat theater, Tolbert created and managed a crisis action plan center communications site. The site ensured critical communications vital to the warfighting effort and remained available to more than 200 users.


She also controlled and maintained key secured voice service allowing seamless execution and support of more than 40 Special Operations missions. Recently after her return home, she applied and was accepted to the Military Sorority, Kappa Epsilon Psi. Their mission is to honor past female service members, unite present female service members and mentor future leadership of the Armed Forces.


Airman’s story:

Tolbert joined the Air Force in Feb. 2008. She said she always knew she would join a branch of service, and did not want to be a statistic and product of her environment in Miami. She originally considered joining the Navy, but after much thought and soul searching, her decision was to join the Air Force.


After attending technical school at Keesler Air Force Base, she was stationed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. After a few years there, she was assigned to Travis Air Force Base.


Her future goals are to apply for Military Training Instructor duty. She would also like to finish her Bachelor’s degree and apply to Officer Training School.


Her real passion, however, is children. She is the head coach of a local cheerleading and hip-hop dance team, the Travis Vikings. They recently won the 2016 National Championship in hip-hop dance. Once she retires from the Air Force, she would like to open and operate an all-girls academy.


Tolbert said the most important thing she is or ever will be is a mother to two beautiful daughters, Aliyah and Nova. Aliyah is following mom’s example and recently joined the Travis Vikings as their youngest member.


Supervisor comments:


“As the sole commander support staff administrator, Staff Sergeant Tolbert is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations for the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 14, at Travis Air Force Base, California,” said Senior Master Sgt. Eduardo Lombera, detachment chief. “A few key tasks she performs are leave authorization, communications security, file plans, as well as being the focal point for the host military personnel flight when dealing with enlisted performance reports, awards and other personnel issues. This allows the 26-member instructor team to focus on the mission of conducting classroom instruction for more than 60 courses for three unique weapon systems.”


“The detachment conducts more than 175 courses and graduates more than 600 maintenance professionals annually, directly supporting five Major Commands,” he continued. “She also assists the Military Training Leaders and instructors with the detachment’s 3-skill level awarding KC-10 maintenance ready Airman program. She routinely conducts dormitory room inspections as well as uniform inspections of more than 40 students annually. Taking time to perform these extra duties frees up the instructors to focus on the classroom and hands on instruction with the students and ensure they graduate the grueling 33-day course.”