Warrior of the Week: Senior Airman Katherine Herzer
Senior Airman Katherine Herzer, 319th Medical Support Squadron laboratory technician, adjusts the focus on a microscope, Nov. 8, 2013, at the medical laboratory on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Herzer was named the base’s Warrior of the Week for the second week of November, 2013. The base medical laboratory services are accredited by the College of American Pathologists. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)
by Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez
319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
11/13/2013 - GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
Rank and name: Senior Airman Katherine Herzer
Unit: 319th Medical Support Squadron
Duty title: Medical Laboratory Technician
Time in service: 4 years, 5 months
Hometown: Evansville, Ind.
Why is serving in the Air Force important to you?
Serving in the Air Force is important to me because of the sense of honor and pride I get from being able to work with so many well-rounded people. I get to serve my country and serve the great Airmen who surround me. I'm not just the person who takes your blood; I'm the proud Airman in uniform that takes your blood.
What moment or accomplishment as a Warrior of the North are you most proud of and why?
I have had several accomplishments in the three years I've been stationed here. Some of my proudest ones are finishing my associate's degree from the Community College of the Air Force, starting my bachelor's along with up keeping my certification as medical lab technician, and making Staff Sergeant this year. I feel with these particular accomplishments, not only am I bettering myself, but I am carving my way as a better Airman for the Air Force.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is getting to meet all of the different patients who come through my clinic. There are people from all over who have many stories to tell. On the plus side, I get to help Airmen keep up their readiness and help in resolving patient illnesses.
Who inspires you and why?
This is kind of a hard question for me. I don't have any one specific person who inspires me. I receive it from multiple people through their acts. For example, the pararescuemen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., who used their skills and knowledge to help car crash victims or just random acts of kindness I see from fellow wingmEn. It's the small things that can influence someone to be better and improve.
What's the first thing that made you think Grand Forks Air Force Base was a cool place other than the temperature or weather?
Everyone here is like a tight-knit family. The amount of support we give and receive is really quite amazing and gives us a place among the "Chosen Frozen."