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    Team Dyess RAD Airmen reflect on earning Vierdaagse Military Medal in Nijmegen [Image 3 of 8]

    Team Dyess RAD Airmen reflect on earning Vierdaagse Military Medal in Nijmegen

    NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS

    07.21.2022

    Photo by 1st Lt. Kaitlin Cashin 

    7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

    Dyess Air Force Base Rapid Airman Development Airman First Class Stephanie Maus stands with the 7th Bomb Wing Gideon July 21, 2022, before starting the 4-Daagse March in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. (U.S. Air Force Photo By 1st Lt Kaitlin Cashin)

    Duty Title: Munitions Stockpile Crew Chief
    Unit: 7 Munitions Squadron
    Hometown: Shreveport, LA
    Hobbies: hiking, running, golf, reading
    What inspired you to get involved with RAD?

    “The opportunity for growth was too overwhelming to pass up. Since joining RAD, I have gained a broader understanding of the inter-connectivity of units within the Air Force with regard to the overall mission. Additionally, I have built relationships with airmen from various AFSCs who have helped me understand their part in the overall picture. Having that knowledge, as well as the other training opportunities I’ve experienced, has helped me become a Multi-Capable Airman with a drive.”

    How are you feeling about the 4 Days Ruck and what challenges are you anticipating?
    “I’m very excited for the march, mostly about getting to see the scenery and participate in something so huge in Europe. As for challenges, I’ll be interested to see how the change in humidity affects my stamina. I’ve heard there are hills, so the change in terrain could possibly result in different pressure points on my feet being irritated.”

    What has been the most valuable takeaway from the staff ride so far?
    “Seeing the terrain and listening to how each side approached each battle has been interesting. Listening to the accounts of some of the specific battles, the capabilities they had and obstacles. They have given me a greater understanding of what it means to ‘find a way.’ The phrase ‘against all odds’ stands out clearly with regard to this operation.”

    Based on your experience, what advice would you have for Airmen and leaders?
    “Don’t underestimate anyone’s capability, and make sure you have a solid understanding of the mission. I don’t have a lot of experience, but I’ve seen communication breakdowns and sometimes it is due to the need to know aspect, but other times it can be lack of respect for subordinates and I believe that has a direct link to a unit's motivation and drive. A unit will move mountains for a leader that has mutual respect, regardless of how grim the situation looks.”

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    Date Taken: 07.21.2022
    Date Posted: 07.29.2022 18:25
    Photo ID: 7343643
    VIRIN: 220721-F-ZD022-417
    Resolution: 1536x2049
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    Location: NIJMEGEN, NL 
    Hometown: SHREVEPORT, LA, US

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