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Warrior of the Week: Airman 1st Class Colleen McDevitt

By | Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs | May 12, 2010

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Airman 1st Class Colleen McDevitt is a member of the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron and has been stationed at Joint Base Charleston for two years.

Airman McDevitt is a structural journeyman and is tasked with maintaining all buildings at Joint Base Charleston, including the barriers and gates. Other duties include hanging drywall, welding, frame work and duct work.

According to Airman McDevitt, what she likes best about her job is it brings her a new challenge every day.

"There are not many females in my career field," explained Airman McDevitt. "I am the only female in my shop, so it gives me a new challenge every day. It is empowering working a career field dominated by men and I enjoy showing them I can hold my own."

This "warrior of the week" hails from California and joined the Air Force in Oct. 2007.

"A close family friend retired as a chief master sergeant in the Air Force," said Airman McDevitt. "He inspired me and told me how I would have great potential in the Air Force."

When she isn't working, Airman McDevitt enjoys volunteering, donating blood and looking for more opportunities to broaden her view of the Air Force.

"I have done lots of different volunteering at Joint Base Charleston, including Habitat For Humanity," Airman McDevitt said. "It is directly related to my job in the Air Force, so it is good on the job training. I also just finished six months with Joint Base Charleston's Honor Guard. It was an experience I will never forget. Airmen should volunteer for this program ... you come to appreciate those who served before you."

Airman McDevitt plans to make a career out of the Air Force and wants to retire as a chief master sergeant.

"My goal is to retire a chief master sergeant like Chief John Williams, who is near and dear to my heart," Airman McDevitt said. "I want to make him proud."

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