Weasel of the Week | Staff Sergeant Cathryn Rhodes
By Airman 1st Class Isaac Nicholson, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 20, 2021
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The Weasel of the Week series asks Team Shaw to share their experiences, Air Force spirit and personalities. We sat down with Staff Sergeant Cathryn Rhodes, 20th Comptroller Squadron financial operations supervisor, to get to know her and her job.
Where are you from?
I’m from Princeton, Illinois.
Why did you decide to join the Air Force?
I have family ties to the military, one of which is my dad who served in the Army. I also wanted to travel, go to school and see all of the opportunities the Air Force could provide me.
How long have you been at Shaw?
I’ve been at Shaw for almost ten months.
What is one Air Force resource you found that is incredibly beneficial?
I really enjoy the education center and all of the benefits and assistance they provide.
What is your favorite part of South Carolina?
I like how both the mountains and the beach are a fairly short drive away.
What is your favorite part of your hometown?
I love the small-town farm feeling of my home. I also really like seeing the cornfields when I take leave.
How would you describe a normal day for you?
I mainly come in, check emails and work on whatever is on my desk for the day. I also spend a lot of time working on station gains and personally procured moves. Every day is different.
What is one word that describes how you lead?
Display. I mainly lead by example.
What is your favorite sport? Team?
My favorite sport to play is basketball. However, my favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
What is one thing you wish people knew about your job?
I wish people knew how many checks and balances go into our job and how long it can take to complete a process.
What is your least favorite part of your job? How do you make sure it gets done?
Handling internal control audit questions. However, I make sure these questions get answered by making time for it every day.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Honestly, I love the process of working through my job’s obstacles. Whether it’s a travel voucher or a station gain, I enjoy just working through it.
What would you like to say to the people back home?
I really want to thank my mom and dad for how they raised me and my brother and sister. After growing up, I really appreciate the environment I grew up in.