Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies Det 855, BYU/UVU
Where did you see your career going when you were a cadet? I’m not sure that I had a clear vision of where I saw my career going when I was cadet. I mostly just wanted to do my best and maintain my personal integrity along the way. Because I didn’t really know what to expect once I was on active duty, I expected very little. It wasn’t really until I got to my first duty station (Minot AFB, ND) that my vision of what I wanted for myself and my career started to solidify. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to be happy, enjoy what I was doing, and make positive difference where I could.
Has it followed that path? How or how not?
I think that I have gotten to a place in my career where I can look back on the struggles and triumphs and say that I am where I want to be doing what I want to do.
What do you like most about your current career?
With my current job, I like teaching and interacting with the cadets. It is very satisfying. I love knowing that I have a hand in helping shape the future leaders of the Air Force. It’s awesome to be able to interact with so many outstanding young women and men.
What do you like least about it? I hate it when there is no Coke or chocolate in the cadet lounge…
What advice do you have for future/current cadets as they pursue careers in the military? Be flexible. Nothing stays the same, especially in the military. When you resist the changes that you have no control over you only make life more difficult for yourself and others. Being able to go with the changes and make the most of it will make the inevitable much easier to handle for you and everyone around you.
How did ROTC prepare you for your job now? ROTC taught me the basic building blocks of leadership that I would later learn to use when making decisions, especially those that would affect those appointed under me.
Anything else you'd like to add?
One of the programs that I have had the opportunity to be involved with as an AF officer is LEAP. The Air Force has sent me to Brazil twice to work on my language skills. The above picture was taken last year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am on the far right.
**We'd like to congratulate Captain Thompson; today is her sixth anniversary of commissioning. Congratulations ma'am!