News | June 12, 2020

America's Airman: Senior Airman Caitlyn Truax

By Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum 316th Wing Public Affairs

What's your full name, job title and unit?

Caitlyn Elizabeth Truax, 316th Security Support Squadron supply manager.

What's your hometown city and state (and country, if not U.S.)?

Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

What has being in the military allowed you to do that you wouldn’t have otherwise done?

The military has allowed me to travel.

What's the coolest thing you’ve done in the military?

While stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, I had the opportunity to participate in the SERE cool school, completing arctic survival training.

What hobbies do you have/what do you do in your spare time?

I like doing anything considered outdoorsy including hiking, fishing, boating, ATV riding, etc. As of right now in my spare time I have been really big into gardening, keeping my flower beds and pots/baskets flourishing during the hot summer.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your life?

Not always being able to be there for family during good or bad times.

What are two interesting facts about yourself?

I grew up as an Army brat starting at the age of two. My father just retired in 2019 after 23 years of service. I lived in six different states and one country.

Before joining the Air Force, I was a preschool teacher for three years. I have an associate degree in early childhood education.

How has the outbreak effected your job?

It has increased our workload by procuring and distributing sanitation products and personal protective equipment throughout a group of 800+ people to enable defenders to continue their no fail mission.

What are you doing to stay active during all of this?

My husband and I take evening walks around our neighborhood to get a little fresh air and exercise daily. Additionally, I’ve taken the perfect opportunity to try something new in the comfort of my own home, yoga!

How have you stayed resilient during the COVID epidemic?

I have made it a point to reach out to family and friends more than usual, either by phone calls or Facetime.

Why is it important for Airmen to stay connected even during times of social distancing?

Understanding that every person handles situations differently, even if you are fine others may not be. Staying connected during times like these are key to our mental stability.

If you are teleworking, what are some things teleworking has helped with in your mission?

Due to the hands on nature of my job, I do not telework during this time.

***January 20, 2022; 2-hour delayed reporting for non-mission essential personnel/max telework authorized and encouraged.***