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March 12, 2012 at 4:11am

446th Airlift Wing sees new senior recruiter in June

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One of the selling points for Reserve duty is the ability to serve in one location an entire career. In order to "sell" Reserve duty though, Senior Master Sgt. Kristyn Ervin has had to PCS - five times.

Ervin, senior recruiter for Officer Accessions East at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., will make her fifth relocation in June to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to serve as the 446th Airlift Wing senior recruiter.

"This was an opportunity that came up that I was very excited to have," said Ervin during a visit here March 2. "Not too many people get this opportunity to be here; it's a unique mission, essential to the Air Force Total Force mission."

Ervin says she is thrilled to work in recruiting for an airlift wing because the Air Force can't survive without the combat airlift mission.

"I also like how we work so closely with the active duty and just how essential we are in the mission; Total Force in action. That means a lot to me, especially in recruiting for the Air Force Reserve."

As senior recruiter, Ervin will train, coach, and mentor 10 Reserve recruiters scattered throughout the states of Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.

Moving from a warm climate like Georgia to the cool climate of Washington is no deterrent for Ervin.

"I'm originally from Youngstown, Ohio, so I'm used to not so warm weather," explained Ervin. "I happen to think rain is cozy. Coming from a warm environment, this will be a welcome change."

While Ervin sees a change in environment as a good thing, change will not necessarily be her mantra once here.

"I can tell already just being here these couple of days that Chief (Chief Master Sgt. Scott) Terpening has done great things as far as wing involvement and taking care of our people and I'm going to continue on doing that," she said. "We're all one team and I love how he has incorporated what we do with the active duty."

Terpening is moving on to become the superintendent, Central Recruiting Region at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.

Ervin's priorities will be working with Col. Bruce Bowers, 446th AW commander, to ensure the 446th AW is effectively manned, and to continue his efforts to assist in the Air Force Reserve Command meeting its end-strength goal.

"What I'm going to be doing first is just getting in where I fit in," she said. "I'm here for you. We're (recruiters) here for you."

Ervin first enlisted in the active-duty Air Force in 1989 as a surgical services specialist. After her initial enlistment was up, she joined the Air Force Reserve as a medical services technician. In 1998, she joined the Reserve recruiting team.

Photo: Senior Master Sgt. Kristyn Ervin, left, speaks to Chief Master Sgt. Scott Terpening, 446th Airlift Wing outgoing senior recruiter during at training meeting at McChord Field, Wash., March 1. Ervin will be moving into the 446th AW senior recruiter position in June from Moody Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sandra Pishner)

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