View August 2023 KANZA Warrior Spotlight: Senior Airman Leanne Untivero

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein
  • 931st Air Refueling Wing

What is your official job title?
I am a flight operational medical technician.
What is your hometown? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Philippines, but I was raised in Wichita, Kansas.
What is your civilian job?
At my civilian job, I am an endoscopy technician. 

Are you an ART, ARG or TR)?
I am a traditional reservist.
Why did you join the Air Force?
I joined the Air force for the educational benefits and because I wanted to fulfill the promise I made to my father. 

Prior to him passing away, he said that he always wanted one of his kids to join the military. It was also a way to get out of my comfort zone. 
What are your goals (i.e. personal, school) ?
I am currently working on accomplishing my nursing degree, but my long-term goal is to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). 

My short-term goal is that  I would like to learn a new language (Spanish or French),
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy doing photography and videography. I also love spending all my time with my one-year-old son ,Liam, and singing karaoke with him. If I’m not with my son, I usually spend my time at the gym.

How do you contribute to the 931st mission?

As a med tech, I must ensure that all our members are medically fit and mission ready when it comes to deployments, assisting medical readiness requirements and providing safe and efficient patient care.

I am also a tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) Instructor. This means that I ensure everyone is trained and certified in TCCC with appropriate tier based on their Air Force Speciality Code (AFSC). 

What challenges do you face?

As a single mother, being away and leaving my son for long periods of time is the most challenging thing I ever had to do.

What's your favorite part of the mission?

My favorite part of the mission is working alongside the flight doctors, nurses and med techs, I always learn something new from the flight doctors when it comes to military medical specifics, and they are all super reliable and knowledgeable.

At the end of the day, we’re not just a team or coworkers—we’re a family, I love this about the 931st Aeromedical Squadron.