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“2017 Year of the Family” Martinez

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  • By Terry Higgins
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

Air Force Global Strike Command has proclaimed 2017 the “Year of the Family,” and there are several different initiatives focused towards families.

These initiatives are focused toward supporting Airmen and their families, which includes where they live, learn, play, pray and receive care.

Senior Airman Marisa Martinez a recent “Diamond Sharp” award winner has faced several challenges in her short Air Force career. Martinez, a single parent of a one year old child, admits it is difficult. She has overcome obstacles with the help of various agencies on base.

“The Airman and Family Readiness center helped me develop a budget which allowed me to stay on track with my finances,” said Martinez, “I also received a $100 voucher for the commissary to spend on myself and my family.”

Martinez now works as a supply and resources technician within the 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron, but she is no stranger to missile field duties. She spent two and a half years on flight as a response force leader.

One of the greatest things that Martinez likes about being a defender is knowing her efforts help to keep the base and missile field safe. Martinez mentioned that she has always had great leadership and mentors while in the Air Force.

“My leadership has always supported me and they are willing to work with me when I have any types of issues,” Martinez said.

According to her leadership, exhibiting initiative and drive that is well above her current rank with unrivaled dedication is a reason why she was recently recognized for the “Diamond Sharp” award.

“Martinez is one of the most dedicated professional Airmen I have had the honor of leading in my career, and I can always count on her to get things done,” said Master Sgt. Larry Tolliver, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron, logistics and resources, chief.

The life of a defender is not easy and can be very stressful. Martinez explains some ways that she alleviates stress. “I go to the gym to stay resilient after a stressful day at work. I try not to let negative things impact the way I act at work or at home.”

Martinez is approximately four classes from completing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and she is familiar with juggling the Air Force mission and family.

Future goals and aspirations of Martinez include completing her degree and commissioning as an officer in finance or the command post and eventually retiring from the Air Force.

Although most of her time is occupied spending moments with her son, she still finds the initiative to volunteer as a youth mentor at the YMCA and donate to the Boys and Girls club of America.

“I attended the Boys and Girls club of Tucson every day after school, and now I donate to show my appreciation for the program.”