Wild Weasel of the Week: Senior Airman Maria Steelman

Each week a member of the 35th Fighter Wing is selected as the Wild Weasel of the Week. This individual is recognized based on superior performance, outstanding work ethic, and overall good conduct and discipline.

The 35th Communications Squadron chose Senior Airman Maria Steelman, postal clerk, as their Wild Weasel of the Week.

What is your daily mission?
My daily mission consists of processing outgoing mail our customers bring in to send to their friends, family and business's, and ensuring they are informed of their best price options based on their specific needs.  This also includes processing and dispatching it to ensure it reaches the correct destination.

What do you enjoy about your job? 
I honestly and truly love helping people. I get to interact with so many people on a daily basis, which keeps things interesting.  Things are also in the process of electronically changing and I love being involved in the process to learning it all.

Why did you choose to serve in the Air Force?
I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. That desire was met and far surpassed.

What is your favorite thing about living in Japan?
I love the new culture, the seasons and their scenery. The people are also crazy friendly.

Who has been your best mentor and what have they taught you?
My best mentor was a gentleman from my first base, Mr. Kulhmann. He was like a walking encyclopedia. He knew, what seemed like, everything there was to know about his job. It was so inspiring. He also always believed in me, which was motivating.

How long have you been stationed at Misawa?
2 years

How long have you been in the Air Force?
5 years

What goals do you want to meet while at Misawa? 
Because postal is only a temporary special duty, I'd like to take in all that I can about this job. Outside of work, I want to travel in case I don't get the chance to come back to Japan.

What goals do you want to meet during your Air Force career?
I'd like to make chief master sergeant one day but I'd mainly like to leave a lasting impression on people I meet, and continue to adapt to everything thrown at me.

Supervisor's comments:
"From day one I could tell that Senior Airman Maria Steelman stood out from her peers. She is always motivated at work and it rubs off on everyone else which raises the morale of the entire work center. Her motivation is only half of the equation; Steelman is also extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the post office. She not only masters every section, but also brings ideas to better them. She is the image that comes to mind when I think of a top notch Airman and I am proud to call her my troop. She will have a bright future wherever she goes." -Staff Sgt. Nolan Geiser