GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf is a Airman dorm leader on Goodfellow Air Force Base for the 17th Training Wing. Her primary duties consist of ensuring permanent party dorm residents have everything needed while living on base. Among taking care of the Airman's dorm needs, she also serves in a mentorship capacity for Airmen. She helps the newest members of our force integrate into the military. Most of the time, the Airmen Wolf works with Goodfellow is their first duty station.
1. How does your job support the 17th Training Wing's mission?
I help ensure that our permanent party members who do not have any dependents living with them have a place to call their own. I provide the Airmen who move here with a room and assist them in answering their dorm-related questions or concerns.
2. What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding thing about my job is that I get to mentor Airmen all across the Wing. Individuals I may not have much contact within my regular job, I get to see and help them when they move to Goodfellow.
3. What has been your biggest challenge in the military, and how did you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge in the military has also probably been my biggest blessing. When I initially joined the Air Force, I was married to a former Army soldier. He supported me in joining the Air Force, but when we moved to Texas, it became apparent that we just weren't right for each other. I am now happy and secure in who I am, and because of that, I can better help others.
4. What has been your most memorable experience in the military?
Due to many circumstances combining, my family was not able to attend my graduation from basic training. I was waiting for a Wingman to 'tap' me out from the formation, and a mother of someone else graduating noticed me and tapped me out. This moment is one of my most memorable experiences because it showed me that I was a part of something unlike anything else in my life. A mother, who didn't know me, saw an Airman standing without family and took the opportunity to give me a mother's congratulations, even though I wasn't her child. I never even learned her name, but I will never forget that mother who hugged me and congratulated me when my own mother couldn't be there.
5. What is one piece of information or advice you would like to pass on?
Don't let yourself go until you burn out. If you are empty, you cannot pour into others. This is for both home and at work. If you have nothing left, you won't be able to mentor those around you or give support to your friends and family.