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SMSgt Tamara Wass

JROTC Instructor

Senior Master Sgt.Tamara M. Wass is the First Sergeant of the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. She is the unit commander’s key advisor and liaison to other senior leaders. She provides direction to the enlisted force and represents their interests to base agencies. Sergeant Wass is responsible for the morale, welfare, and readiness of all members assigned to the squadron. Sergeant Wass serves as the President of the 419th Fighter Wing First Sergeants Council.

Sergeant Wass served three and a half years on active duty as a material management craftsman prior to joining the Air Force Reserve in 1998. She has held many unique assignments, including Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the 419th FW Honor Guard, unit key spouse, fitness training leader, and deployed victim advocate. She has deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, and Operations Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and Freedom’s Sentinel.

EDUCATION

2001 Airman Leadership School, Hill Air Force Base, Utah 2003 Noncommissioned Officer Academy

2003 Air Force Honor Guard Training Course, Nellis AFB, Nev. 2010 Joint Service Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy 2013 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy

2013 Associate in Applied Science in Logistics, Community College of the Air Force 2016 Associate in Applied Science in Human Resource, CCAF

2017 Certified Professional Manager, CCAF

2018 Six Sigma Green Belt, San Diego State University, Calif. 2018 Supply Chain Management Certificate, Duke University, N.C.

2018 Air Force Continuous Process Improvement Course, Hill AFB, Utah 2019 Conflict Resolution Certificate, University California, Ivrine

ASSIGNMENTS

1. December 1980 – January 1981, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

2. January 1981 – February 1981, Student, Technical Training School, Lowry AFB, Colo.

3. February 1981– August 1983, Material Management Specialist, 40th Supply Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy

4. January 1998 – January 2005, Material Management, 419th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah

5. January 2005 – January 2006, Material Management, 419th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah

6. January 2006 – August 2008, Material Management Craftsman, 67th Aerial Port Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah

7. August 2008 – November 2011, NCOIC, Material Control, 419th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah

8. November 2011– November 2014, Material Management, 419th LRS, Hill AFB, Utah

9. November 2014 – September 2017, First Sergeant, 419th Medical Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah

10. September 2017 – January 2018, First Sergeant, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Al Udeid AB, Qatar

11. October 2017– November 2018, First Sergeant, 419th CES, Hill AFB, Utah

12. November 2018 – Present, First Sergeant, 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah

13. March 2020 – Present, 419th Fighter Wing Yellow Ribbon Representative, Hill AFB, Utah

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border AF Longevity Service

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 4 “M” devices NATO Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2001 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School 2001 Leadership Award, Airman Leadership School

2003 419th Combat Logistics Support Squadron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 2006 419th Fighter Wing Honor Guard Member of the Year

2013 419th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 2015 Air Force First Sergeant Academy Distinguished Graduate

2018 419th Maintenance Group First Sergeant of the Year 2019 419th Maintenance Group First Sergeant of the Year 2019 419th Fighter Wing First Sergeant of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION

Airman First Class January 1998 Senior Airman September 1998 Staff Sergeant January 2002 Technical Sergeant January 2004 Master Sergeant January 2015

Senior Master Sergeant October 2017