F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --
It’s no secret that for a group of people to thrive peacefully, there needs to be an unbiased party who can bring an objective perspective. That’s where our first sergeants come in to play. First sergeants are vital to the health and morale of the enlisted force, which contributes directly to mission success.
The 90th Security Forces Group has five first sergeants that address the needs of the enlisted force in each squadron.
Master Sgt. Trevor Shaw, 90th Security Support Squadron first sergeant, is one of many that are fulfilling this important role.
Here’s what he had to say:
Q: How long have you been a first sergeant?
A: I’ve been wearing my diamond for five months.
Q: Can you explain how you got into this position?
A: Before becoming a first sergeant, I was a superintendent for a small squadron, which allowed me to fill the role of acting first sergeant. Being in a position to help Airmen and interact with the first sergeant council, I realized I wanted to do this full time. When it was time to PCS from overseas, I was nominated by my leadership through the developmental special duty process and selected.
Q: What all does this job entail?
A: This job entails a wide variety of things. First sergeants have a role in morale, discipline, promotions and readiness. It’s about being there for Airmen whenever they need help.
Q: Can you describe a day in the life of a first sergeant?
A: One of the great things about being a first sergeant is that no day is ever the same. Some days are slower than others, which allows you to get out and talk with Airmen or help them work through a problem. Other days are filled with meetings.
Q: What's your favorite thing about this job?
A: My favorite part of the job is interacting with the Airmen and being able to help them when needed. Since first sergeants are typically not assigned to their own career fields, I also enjoy being able to see how other units operate.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish or improve as a first sergeant?
A: I hope to reach as many Airmen as possible and be there to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. I hope to improve morale, inspire Airmen to be their best, and to be proud of the uniform they wear every day.