Airman Spotlight: SSgt Jeannie Hackett

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Name: SSgt Jeannie Elise Hackett

Unit: 51 MDOS

Job title: Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Job description and its impact on the overall mission:  Provides education and treatment for those who are involved in alcohol related incidents or have self-identified for alcohol and/or substance use concerns.  Provided feedback and guidance about prevention efforts to leadership and command level leaders that has changed the culture of drinking at Osan AB to a responsible way of life. 

Time in the military:  10 years

Time at Osan: 11 months

DEROS: Feb 2015

Family:  Single; Immediate family Renee Allen (mother) and Jim Allen (brother) in Panama City Beach, FL

Hometown: Panama City Beach, FL

Hobbies:  Snowboarding and Long distance cycling
Why did you join the military?  I faced many challenges growing up and wanted to be something better than those who were around me.  I wanted to make my granddad proud.  I thought hard about my decision and knew that I could make a difference by providing to others what was not provided to me as I was growing up.  This was the best decision of my life. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years?  In 10 years I hope to be traveling across Europe with my family after I retire from the Air Force.  In 20 years, I hope to be 10 years away from retiring from my second career.  Do I know what I want to do at that point?  Nope.  But who really knows what they want to be when they grow up?

What do you do for fun here?  Snowboard, take random ITT/Outdoor rec trips, travel to different historical sites, and cuddle with my four month old puppy, Broski. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of? In 2013 I completed four century rides, 19 half century rides, and passed my fitness assessment with above a 90 without having run a single day that year.  

Who are your role models? My granddad has always been my rock.  He has cared for me and encouraged me through the toughest times of my life.  I learned real fast that he's pretty much always right and I should stop questioning his advice.  Most of all, my younger brother is my role model.  Never have I known someone who is so patient and logical.  When I am facing a challenge, he always seems to know the right thing to say to help solve the situation.  I work every day to be as open-minded and caring as he is.