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Stephanie Lives with Purpose

Sister-Spotlight.jpgAfter a combined 23 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, Stephanie McGirr, Zeta Delta-Towson University, was selected for a promotion to Chief Master Sergeant within the Air Force. Only about 1 percent of enlisted Air Force personnel are ever promoted to Chief Master Sergeant, and of that, only 1 percent are women! Stephanie mentors non-commissioned officers and junior enlisted personnel, acts as a liaison to multiple departments and coordinates analysis that supports strategic planning, combats global terrorism and provides direct support to joint Special Operations Forces deployed all over the world.  

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE AIR FORCE? 
I enlisted initially in the U.S. Army in 1991 during the First Gulf War. I transferred into the U.S. Air Force in 1995. I was at a crossroads in my life and decided that I needed to be part of something bigger. I walked into the recruiter's office in Hackensack, New Jersey, with huge 80s hair, long nails, my best pair of parachute pants and never looked back. The recruiters later admitted they had a bet that I would "never survive week one of Army Basic Training." Well, well, well!  

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? 
I would say mentoring since it is crucial to the mission and success of the Air Force. The process of showing younger airmen, and oftentimes junior officers, how to succeed so they can become the leaders of tomorrow is incredibly rewarding. You typically do not hear the outcome of most careers, but once in a while you run into one of your protégés, and they tell you about the impact you made on their lives. It never gets old.  

HOW HAS YOUR ALPHA GAMMA DELTA EXPERIENCE IMPACTED YOUR JOURNEY? 
I see a lot of similarity between the facets of the Alpha Gamma Delta Purpose and the core values that we uphold in the military. They both speak to selflessly bettering not only oneself but also the community in which we live. 

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO SISTERS, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
Always take the high road and be accountable for your actions. We all make mistakes; how we handle them is what defines us.