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TWHS Alumna Soars High in the USAF

Sammon, center, receives one of her many awards.  Photo courtesy of Eileen Sammon.
Sammon, center, receives one of her many awards. Photo courtesy of Eileen Sammon.

For Senior Airman Eileen Sammon, being in the Air Force has become less of a job and more of a career.

“I wanted to do something different than school right after high school. I wanted new experiences.” said SrA Sammon.

SrA Sammon was an AFJROTC cadet at The Woodlands High School from 2015 to 2019.

“Sophomore year JROTC, we went on a field trip to Dyess AFB, Texas.” SrA Sammon said.

That trip to Dyess AFB garnered enough interest for SrA Sammon to look into joining the Air Force.

Laughlin Air Force base, just east of Del Rio, Texas is one place that SrA Sammon was stationed. Photo courtesy of Eileen Sammon.

At the beginning of her senior year, SrA Sammon enlisted into the United States Air Force. Soon after graduating from TWHS, she would go into basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

After graduating basic training and then technical school, she went on to pursue her Air Force career.

“I am a weather forecaster,” said SrA Sammon.  “We are responsible for the delivery of timely, accurate, and relevant weather data. Mostly to those being the pilots or anyone who needs it for the mission.”

Her time at Laughlin AFB, from 2020-2022, was just as noticeable as her time later on.

“I won Senior Airman Below the Zone, which means I got to promote to Senior Airman six months early, and I also got the Air and Space Achievement Medal,” said SrA Sammon.

Now residing at Joint-Base Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C., SrA Sammon has made very remarkable achievements for herself.

“Recently I graduated from the Airman Leadership School,” said SrA Sammon.  “Airman Leadership School is a form of professional military education. Once you get selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant, you are required to attend so you can learn how to supervise airmen. We learned about communication, leadership styles, and more about the Air Force.”

“I also won Weather Airman of the Year for the Air Mobility Command, along with my flight who won Team of the Year,” said SrA Sammon.

What exactly is the Air Mobility Command?

“The Air Mobility Command is responsible for moving around people and things. Such as supplies and different people who are needed in different places.” said SrA Sammon.  She also won Airman of the Quarter.

SrA Sammon’s recognition hasn’t stopped there.

“After winning Weather Airman of the Year for my command, then I go on to compete Air Force wide.” SrA Sammon

“When you get nominated for an award, your leadership sends up a form that has basically a list of accomplishments during a certain period of time. It’ll have things like how you supported the community, helped improve your unit, and advanced the mission, etc. Then a board of people will look over each nomination and decide who will win.” said SrA Sammon.

SrA Sammon has done so well and there are two very important reasons for it.

“There’s always a new challenge to learn from and to keep me motivated to grow as a person. I always want to improve things to make it better for the people who come after me.” said SrA Sammon.

“The second thing is also my daughter. I want her to see that anything is possible through your dedication, especially as a woman.” SrA Sammon said.

There are many ways this next Weather Airman of the Year award can go. Here’s what SrA Sammon had to say about it.

“I’m shocked that I made it as far as I did, so no matter what happens I’ll be happy. At the end of the day, award or no award, I still have a job to do, and that is what matters the most.” SrA Sammon said.

Senior Airman Eileen Sammon has gone far in her career, from a TWHS AFJROTC cadet to graduating from Airman Leadership School and being nominated for Weather Airman of the Year in the Air Force.

 

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Patrick is a senior at TWHS.  He works as a head lifeguard for the Woodlands Township.  He loves to workout and write, most for just The Caledonian.  He has three older siblings and a 7 year old dog.
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