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Support Airman of the Week: SSgt. Geiss

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Staff Sgt. Alan Geiss, 80th Flying Training Wing commander’s support staff NCO in charge, and native of Laredo, Texas, has been in the Air Force for four years and eight months and is the Support Airman of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Oct. 18-24, 2016.

Most significant accomplishments:

- Received the Airman Leadership School Commandant Award Feb., 2016.

- Selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant the first time.

- Received Airman of the Quarter July-Sept. 2012 during his first three months as permanent party.

- Nominated “Best Military Performer” in 2014 for Xanadu (Community Theater or US Army in Europe).

Airman’s story:

“I was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Mexico, where my mom is from,” Geiss said. “I lived there from three to 11 years old. This gave me the opportunity to grow up being fluent in English and Spanish. I moved to Laredo, Texas on my 11th birthday. I’ve been working since the first week I turned 16 and haven’t stopped since. It’s given me great insight on responsibility and valuing possessions and time.”

“I joined the Air Force for a chance at adventure and was rewarded with four amazing years at Aviano Air Base, Italy,” he said. “My enlistment ends in Feb., 2018, after which I will be following my dream of being a filmmaker and plan to attend film school at Emerson College in Boston.”

“Had my family and I not struggled with financial problems in my youth, I wouldn’t have moved to Texas, I wouldn’t have joined the Air Force, and I would definitely not be the same person I am today,” Geiss continued. “It gives me comfort to think everything does happen for a reason. My goal is to pour positive energy into the world with my every day and long-term actions.”

Supervisor comments:

As the 80th Flying Training Wing’s commander’s support staff NCO in Charge, Staff Sergeant Alan Geiss provides direct support to the $250 million Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program by servicing the wing, the operations group, six squadrons, and 13 partnering nations,” said 1st Lt. Nethania Penrod, CSS section commander. Staff Sergeant Geiss supervises two Airmen and is responsible for 31 personnel programs and 42 duties. He hit the ground running from the day he arrived. In three short months, his leadership significantly improved morale and customer service despite our 60 percent manning and taking on additional duties. His innovative ideas led to an 80 percent paper-free office, and streamlined processes that minimized processing delays for multiple CSS actions.