Fairchild's Finest: Staff Sgt. Mary Boerger

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  • By Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Rank/Name: Staff Sgt. Mary Boerger

Unit of assignment: 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 13

Duty title: KC-135 Stratotanker instrument and flight control systems instructor

Hometown and State: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

What do you do on a daily basis at Fairchild Air Force Base?
Our detachment provides technical training and training support to the 92nd Maintenance Group and 141st MXG.

What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the challenge; I'm often required to step outside of my comfort zone.

Why did you choose to serve in the military? 
I knew taking the opportunity to serve would make my family proud, as well as give me a sense of purpose and direction.  

Time in military: Eight years

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Completing my Bachelors of Science last year is my greatest achievement.

What goals do you want to achieve or meet while at Fairchild AFB?  
I would like to obtain an Instructional Systems Development Certification.

What are your hobbies?
I like to hike and garden.

What is your best habit?
I believe listening is my best habit.

What is your favorite quote? 
"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." - Vince Lombardi

Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him or her?
My oldest sister, Laura, taught me about persistence. Through her example and advice I have learned that nothing is out of reach if I'm willing to face my fears.

If you could spend one hour with any person, who would it be and why?   
My Poppy (my dad's dad). He passed away when I was 9. His death was my first time experiencing the loss of a loved one. It made me realize how fragile life is. I have so many things I'd want to ask him.

"Staff Sgt. Boerger was chosen to represent Fairchild's Finest because she has a no-quit attitude." - Tech Sgt. Christopher Putnat 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 13, NCO in charge specialist instructor