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Six questions for your AFA president

We grilled McChord's Air Force Association president Amy Tiemeyer

Amy Tiemeyer, center, is an Air Force spouse and president of its association. File photo

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Amy Tiemeyer is in the middle of her presidency of the Air Force Association at McChord Field as she also prepares to become president of the Capt. Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army next month. She is military liaison for America's Credit Union, and an Air Force spouse. We sat down with Amy to ask six important questions.

1. What have you done to leave your mark on AFA?
A: This is such a hard question for me to answer, so instead let me share what AFA has done for me.
(Editor's Note: Just like a president to avoid the question).
A: Because of the wonderful community partners, the airmen sharing how much they love what they do, and the camaraderie within the Air Force, I talked my husband into joining the Reserves (now proud member of the 446th Air Wing). Because of AFA, I learned how much of an impact we have in our community, through programs like Pilot for a Day, and the scholarships we presented to area seniors doing tremendous things in their schools and community. I have shared the work AFA does every opportunity I have had, and I was a part of creating the first ever Airmen Appreciation Day in Tacoma, with a proclamation given by the Mayor stating that July 7th is the official Airmen Appreciation Day for the city of Tacoma.

2. How are you connected to the Air Force in your work/life?

A: Now that I am a spouse, and I work for America's Credit Union,  I hardly see it as work. I get paid to support our servicemembers. I am available to help on McChord whenever needed, and my company allows for me to take the time necessary to support things like, AFA, the Air Force Ball and Airmen Appreciation Day.

3. What makes McChord Field unique?
A: The Air Force moves much more often, so I feel they are unique in how they go about preparing families and airmen for the frequent deployments, family challenges and transitions from service to civilian life.

4. What is your #1 favorite memory of your AFA presidency thus far?
A: Speaking at the Air Force Ball. It was an honor and privilege I will cherish for a lifetime.

5. If you were an Air Force plane, which one would you be and why?
A: The C-17. It commonly performs strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop duties. Why, because I'm not built for speed, and I'm built to aid and abet.

6. Why would an airman want to be an active member of AFA?
A: I believe AFA should appeal to airmen for a few of reasons. First, for the direct support we give to the McChord airmen though our community partners. This program was created to garner relationships between the airmen and our community. AFA at McChord Field strives to support as much as possible the total airmen. Second, the impact AFA is trying to make in Congress to support and protect our airmen and their families all over the world. Third, because this is their professional network; we need them to know how to grow in the future.

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