Airman Spotlight: Senior Airman Elizabeth Heaton

Senior Airman Elizabeth Heaton, 51st Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, out-processes Master Sgt. Marvin Wallace, 51st Fighter Wing Command Post NCO in charge, from finance Dec. 19, 2014 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Heaton is this week’s Airman Spotlight winner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka)

Senior Airman Elizabeth Heaton, 51st Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, out-processes Master Sgt. Marvin Wallace, 51st Fighter Wing Command Post NCO in charge, from finance Dec. 19, 2014 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Heaton is this week’s Airman Spotlight winner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Name:  SrA Elizabeth Heaton

Unit:  51st Comptroller Squadron

Job title: Customer Service Technician

Job description and its impact on the overall mission: The Face of Finance!  Provides financial services to over 8K active duty military and civilians including geographically separated units within the Korean Peninsula. Assists an average of 30-40 customers per day to resolve various complex issues that includes travel and military pay problems. Helps members to stay mission-focused by ensuring she takes care of their financial worries. By providing outstanding financial services support, Senior Airman Heaton guarantees that every member of Team Osan is 'Ready to Fight Tonight.'

Time in the military: 5 years 6 months

Time at Osan: 4 months

DEROS: August 2015

Family: n/a

Hometown: Olympia, Washington / Chicago

Hobbies: Dancing, Singing, Video Games (Call of Duty and Mind Craft)

Why did you join the military?  I joined the military to make a change in my life for the better. To strengthen myself and grow into whom I know I could be.

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? I see myself as a Chief and have a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. 

What do you do for fun here?  I enjoy lots of ITT trips, exploring Korea, and immersing myself in the local community. I enjoy trying new food and new things here. 

What's your favorite Air Force memory or story?  I was a coach for youth soccer at my last duty station (Edwards AFB) and we went 1-13.  Although the team only won one game that season, it gave me a great deal of satisfaction to have coached them to victory and their appreciation for that one win was awesome. 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?  Joining the Air Force and just having the opportunity to continue a military career. Also proud to have started taking College courses to pursue my goals.

Who are your role models?  I look up to Ronald Reagan for what he did for our country. He was a strong and charismatic speaker. His speeches still make a difference and very much resonate today. My favorite quote by Ronald Reagan: "My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out."