Airman shadows wing commander, shares about experience

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  • By Airman 1st Class Breann Carter
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

Airman Katrina Minor, 90th Missile Wing legal office paralegal, had the opportunity to shadow Col. Stephen Kravitsky, 90th Missile Wing commander, for a day June 2, 2017.

This program allows junior Airmen to accompany the commander for a day to learn how senior leaders lead the wing, tackle issues and make critical decisions. 

“This initiative is important to me because when I was an Airman, I did the same thing with my wing commander, and it was an eye opening experience,” said Kravitsky. “This was a chance for me to give a young Airman the opportunity to see what I do and how some of the decisions in the wing are made. Hopefully she’ll tell her fellow Airmen how the wing and the groups work. It was also insightful for me. I got to spend the day with an outstanding Airman and pick her brain.”

At the end of the day, Minor shared about her experience.

 What did you expect this experience would be like?

 I didn’t think it would be as all-inclusive as it was. By that I mean I didn’t realize I would get to sit in on meetings and shake hands with base leadership. I was pleasantly surprised that I truly was his shadow.

 What was the best part of the day?

The entire day was my favorite, I was absolutely elated the entire time. If I had to narrow it down though it would be the chamber of commerce luncheon, getting to see him interact with members of the community and the Air National Guard. It was also really great seeing him interact with Airmen throughout the day.

How did today change your perspective of daily life in the wing?

Not only did today change my perspective of our wing commander, but the wing itself. It’s one thing to know the mission of the wing, but it’s another to watch it play out. Sitting in the meetings, I got to see how the group commanders come together and discuss the mission. Col. Kravitsky sits at the head of the table and has the final say, but he doesn’t rule with an iron fist. He was open to hearing what others had to say.

What is your biggest take-away from this experience?

My biggest take-away was the advice that I got from Col. Kravitsky. He talked to me about time management and making sure I have balance in my life. He also said to be a fast burner, but don’t burn out.

Would you recommend this opportunity to other Airmen?

Absolutely. I think this is great for any Airman that gets the opportunity. I think it’s important to gain a new perspective and see what goes into running the wing.

Could you handle being a wing commander one day?

I can see that it’s a lot of power and responsibility, however, it takes a long time to get there. As of right now, no I wouldn’t be ready, but with time and experience that’s something I could build myself up to be ready for.