Fairchild's Finest: Airman 1st Class Cynthia D. Padilla

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  • By Airman Sean Campbell
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Fairchild's Finest is a weekly recognition program that highlights top-performing members of Team Fairchild.

Airman 1st Class Cynthia D. Padilla

Unit of assignment:
92nd Comptroller Squadron

Duty title:
Finance Services Technician

Hometown and state:
Yakima, Washington

What do you do on a daily basis at Fairchild Air Force Base?
I correct members' entitlements and help them in-process; I also work in customer service to help with any pay issues.

What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the daily challenge; finance is a serious matter for mission accomplishment. I'm responsible for each member's pay, ensuring they are receiving their entitlements.

Why did you choose to serve in the military?
I was inspired by my family's sacrifices and lifestyles; I am proud to serve and fight for freedom and opportunity. As I benefit from the Air Force, I want to be a benefit to the Air Force: an asset.

Time in military:
One year.

What goals do you want to achieve or meet while at Fairchild AFB?
I am interested in coordinating large scale service projects and reaching out to the younger community on social issues like drugs, alcohol and sexual abuse. I also want to further my education.

Arts and crafts, reading, soccer, and football.

Your best habit:
Helping people and volunteering.

Who is your favorite mentor and what did you learn from him/her?
Dr. Kenneth Zontek, I learned the importance of history, and he mentored me on educational goals.

What are your greatest accomplishments?
I graduated from West Valley High School with a 3.75 grade point average and Yakima Valley Community College with a 3.53 GPA. I also earned an associate's degree in Arts and Science with honors.

What is your favorite quote?
"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude"- Zig Ziglar.

What are your favorite movies?
"Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit"

If you could spend one hour with any person, who would it be and why?
It would be Frank Lloyd Wright, the renowned architect. I find his work phenomenal and inspirational.