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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | May 1, 2020

America's Airman: TSgt Melissa Guzman

By Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum 11th Wing Public Affairs

What is your full name, job title and unit?

Tech. Sgt. Melissa Anne Guzman, Non Commissioned Officer in-charge, Supply, United States Air Force Honor Guard

What is your hometown?

Killeen, TX

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

The military has allowed me to travel the world. My first base was Aviano AB in northern Italy where I had the privilege of being stationed at for four years. I have also deployed which gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about not only another culture but also about my job (pharmacy).

What’s the coolest thing you have done in the military?

Being assigned to the USAF Honor Guard has allowed me to be in many different types of ceremonies. The coolest events I have participated in are the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2019 Inauguration.

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

In my spare time I like to travel and spend time with family. My favorite place to go is New York City which I frequent a lot.

What are two interesting facts about you?

I found my younger brother who was given up for adoption at birth on social media about six years ago and we visit each other regularly.

I ate camel ribs while deployed.

How has the outbreak effected your job?

The outbreak has allowed us to telework in order to keep us safe. It has also given me the opportunity of learning different ways of procuring supplies to our squadron. With many items that we need currently in high demand I have had to use non-conventional ways to supply my unit with them.

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

I enjoy hiking on the area’s trails and playing soccer with my son.

How have you stayed resilient during the COVID epidemic?

I have stayed resilient by staying busy. I continue to work hard to accomplish the mission and during my downtime I exercise.

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

It is important to stay connected during these uncertain times because it helps everyone to stay grounded which in turn keep stress levels low.

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

Teleworking has helped me work with the convenience of being at home and not commuting into work. It has also made the bond with my family stronger since we are spending more time together.