Airman Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Anna Zyska Ereth

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Name: Staff Sgt. Anna Zyska Ereth

Unit: 51st Comptroller Squadron

Job title: Deputy Disbursing Officer (DDO)

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: As a DDO, I manage cash operations to include vendor payments for the peninsula, payroll for Korean civilians, and other disbursements and collections to include overseas housing allowance advances. I work closely with the local Community Bank and Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Japan. The overall impact is to provide financial services and resources to support the U.S. Forces Korea war fighting mission and to allow Mustang warriors to be ready to fight and win tonight.
Time in the military: 5 years, 2 months

Time at Osan: 5 months

DEROS: Sep 2012

Family: Son Alexander - 4 years old

Hometown: Swidnik/Poland

Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, dancing

Why did you join the military? I always wanted to have a stable job that would allow me to travel, meet new people, and offer professional growth opportunities. The U.S. Air Force provides not only all of those but also encourages learning, volunteering, and a healthy lifestyle.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? In 20 years I see myself as a retired Air Force member with a Masters in Accounting and CPA certification working as a GS civilian in Budget and Accounting.

What do you do for fun here? One of my hobbies is traveling. Korea has so many beautiful sites to visit, so I try to spend any free moment exploring the scenery and culture.

What's your favorite Air Force memory or story? Since I joined the Air Force in 2007, my life has changed. I remember a lady who shook my hand and thanked me for my service after I graduated Basic Military Training. I will never forget meeting Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense, during the Polish Officers visit on Maxwell Air Force Base in 2008. In 2010, I had the chance to observe a BMT graduation parade and eat lunch with a basic trainee at Lackland Air Force Base.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? During my deployment to Oman in 2010, I ran my first half marathon. I trained for three months and my goal was to finish it under two hours. I was extremely happy crossing the finish line in one hour and 58 minutes.

Who are your role models? My personal role models are my parents. They taught me how to be responsible, independent, and treat others the way I want to be treated. My professional models are Col. Antonio Douglas and Senior Master Sgt. Gleny Kevelier. They are both true leaders who really care about their people and are focused on the mission and fitness at the same time.