Saturday, September 08, 2007

Reservist More Than Meets The Eye 

Posted by James at 6:56 AM ET

by Staff Sgt. Derrick M. Gildner
302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Jessica Andrews
Senior Airman Jessica Andrews is presented a SECAF coin from John Wheeler, Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, in appreciation for her recent accomplishments with communicating the Citizen Airman message and representing the Reserve in and out of uniform.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Citizen Airman, dietitian, writer, NFL cheerleader, and public relations executive in Washington, D.C. for personnel in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, that's an average week for U.S. Air Force reservist Senior Airman Jessica Andrews. The 29 year-old was recently named one of the Hills most beautiful people and acquired a position at Fed-Ex Field for this NFL season.

The former 302nd Airlift Wing Aeromedical Staging Squadron troop met Lt. General John A. Bradley's, Air Force Reserve commander challenge for airman to become "communication ambassadors" with an interesting twist. As the NFL season approaches Airman Andrews will take to the stadium to cheer on the three time Super Bowl Champions, Washington Redskins as a Redskin Ambassador.

Although her day job keeps her busy with Congress as a public relations manager for The Fleet Reserve Association, she still puts on the uniform the for Reserve at the 459th Aeromedical Staging Squadron as a diet therapy technician at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Airman Andrews also joined the ranks of a few other movers and shakers on Capitol Hill by being named one of the Hill's most beautiful people this summer putting her alongside some of the brightest and influential people in the Nations capitol.

Cheerleading is a natural talent for Airman Andrews either by land, sea or air.

"Without question, the best aspect of my day job is communication with senior leadership in the military," said Airman Andrews, "To get face time with people I used to only read about in the media is just surreal. As a Redskins Ambassador I get to promote the NFL, support special events and charity causes. On unit training assemblies I get to participate with the Reserve, which are the same people I get to rally for with Congress."

"I've been impressed with her willingness to go after something she wants," said Capt. Samuel W. Downs, 302nd ASTS health administrator. "Jessica wanted to be in Washington, D.C. to pursue her love for politics and when the opportunity presented itself she took the chance or risk few of us take to follow her dream."

More on Jessica being named "One of the 50 Most Beauitful People on Capitol Hill" here.

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