SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --
We sat down with Tech. Sgt. Jake Spencer, 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of immunizations, to get to know her and how she helps make the 20th HOS the best in the Air Force. Despite having what some kids might think is a “mean” job, Spencer is best known for her awesome ability to diminish fears in Team Shaw kids when giving vaccines. You can also catch her after work with her two kids and three dogs.
Where are you from?
Why did you decide to join the Air Force?
Initially, I joined for money and school. I couldn’t afford to get my nursing degree on my own, so I figured I would put in my six years for it. I stayed in because I love it. I fell in love with the military and the way of life that we live.
How long have you been at Shaw?
In February, it’ll be seven years. I am married to a maintainer, so I’m sticking around here.
What is your favorite part of South Carolina?
The weather. I love the greenery and the fact that it rains frequently.
How would you describe a normal day?
It depends on the season. Right now we’re in the midst of flu season, so most days are very busy.
What is your favorite sport? Team?
I am not coordinated at all, so I only watch football. I married into a Steeler’s family, so I would have to say they’re my favorite team.
What is in your cargo pocket?
I have my Weasel of the Week coin.
What is one word that describes how you lead?
By example, I’m not afraid to do anything. I will go pick up trash, restock, walk over to other offices and help them get cleaned up at the end of the day. Nothing is beneath any of us, we were all Airmen to start with and we all have a job that needs to get done.
What is one Air Force resource you found that is incredibly beneficial?
My husband works on the flight line, and he deploys quite a bit, the main one for me would be the Airman and Family Readiness Center. They have been great. My second favorite would have to be the Mental Health office. The team here is great, not only working with them, but as a patient. They are very knowledgeable and personable.
What’s your outlook mailbox look like?
What is one thing you wish people knew about your job?
Especially right now, the fact that we can only control so much. We’re more than happy to work with anyone who has any questions or wants to do their own vaccine schedule with their children.
What is your least favorite task and how do you make sure you get it done?
Any form of additional duties! I have a calendar reminder for me and my co-worker so we can divide and conquer by the first of every month.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I love what I do. I love interacting with the kids. I enjoy helping people.