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Vanessa Lee

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Vanessa Lee

April 6, 2003–April 6, 2004
Department of the Air Force, 514 Mission Support Squadron, McGuire AFB, NJ by Presidential Order, participated on active duty in support of Operation Noble Eagle/Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, with the 35 Aerial Port Squadron (AMC). Stationed at Charleston AFB, SC Air Passenger Terminal, then Stationed at 5th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron, at AL Mubarak AB, Kuwait International Air Base, performing Air Passenger Service, and assigned as a Passenger Service Shift Supervisor. I directly contributed to the overwhelming success of the mission by ensuring an unprecedented loading and unloading of 102,200 passengers and 450,000 tons of baggage. Performed all passenger service functions, while providing information to vital Aerial Port sections. Forged strong communication links with the Movement Control Team, to ensure expedited delivery of passengers, baggage, equipment, military vehicles, and
special handling of coffins. Collaborated with 3rd TAMC to obtain passenger manifest data for over 178 commercial contract missions. Supplied support to the passenger service section during the six days a week, 12-hour shift during the peak workload period. Recognized by the Passenger Service Superintendent, F. R. Bryan “as a highly competent team player, working tirelessly all duties within the passenger section, even during inclement weather. Outstanding Global Air Transportation and Execution System (GATES) knowledge facilitated the expeditious processing over 66.858 passengers and 7,748 tons of baggage. TSGT Lee’s expert skills were essential and performed critical manifesting of all airlifts and SAAM missions; processed over 3,350 U.S. Army troops from Iraq to Germany and Stateside on R&R leave. As the shift Supervisor, TSGT Lee was able to cultivate teamwork among military personnel from four different home stations. TSGT Lee’s attention to details and responsible leadership established an excellent rapport with civilian employees, who worked for MAYTAG; to refine procedures for an expedient loading and uploading of all aircrafts. TSGT Lee conducted all shift briefings, assuring that all military and civilian personnel adhere to OSHA safety procedures. TSGT Lee’s dedication to duty and superb job knowledge guided the 5 EAMS passenger service her deployment.”

January 1991-July 1991
Department of the Air Force, Military Airlift Command (MAC) McGuire AFB, NJ by Presidential Order, participated on active duty in support of Operation Desert Shield-Desert Storm, with the 49th Aerial Port Squadron, performing air terminal operations.

April 1985 – July 1985
Basic military training, assigned to the 3762 Student squadron (ATC) for 6 weeks at Lackland AFB, TX. I received my airman first Class (A1C) stripes at end of basic training. Attended Air Transportation specialist course, 6 weeks, Sheppard AFB, TX.

II. Awards and decorations received:
2008 Certificate of Appreciation for Services in The Armed Forces of the U.S.A., signed by President Barack Obama, Commander in Chief., February 2005 Certificate of Retirement from US Air Force. I received the Outstanding Unit Award with one device, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with five devices, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one device. Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with three devices and Air Force Training Ribbon. April 2004 Certificate of Appreciation from Commander of 514 Mission Support Group in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. January 2004 Certificate of Appreciation in Support of the 437 Aerial Port Squadron during Operation Enduring Freedom with the blizzard of cargo after Dover AFB warehouse collapsed; enabling cargo and passengers to be processed to various worldwide locations. November 2003 Received recognition for Exceptional Performance while assigned to the 5th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron – Kuwait City International Airport, in Operation of Iraqi Freedom. Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. November 16, 2022, I was the proud recipient of a proclamation, from Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, the New York City Council Majority Whip and Council Member of the 31st District honoring me for, “Outstanding Service and Enduring Contributions to the Community.”

III. Military Education and training:
Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL – 40 Credits in Transportation Logistics (1ATY), March 2001 Certificate of Training, McGuire AFB, NJ, “How to Supervise People;” received six CEU credits. June 2001 Certificate of Training, McGuire AFB, NJ “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and “What Matters Most;” received six CEU credits.

IV. Military Tours:
Served twenty years, as a reservist; I have supported and worked with active duty and civilians on Air Force bases overseas in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Spain, England, Korea, also performing stateside tours on military bases in the South.

V. Civilian Education:
Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education, Queens College, CUNY. Bachelor of Arts Degree, York College, CUNY; Graduate of Hillcrest High School.

VI. Civilian Profession:
Licensed Secondary Guidance Counselor, certified College Admissions Specialist, certified School Career Development Advisor, Global Career Development Facilitator.

VII. Professional Memberships and Affiliation’s:
American School Counselor Association, NYS School Counselor Association, National and NYS Career Development Association, Membership Chairperson of the NYC Chapter of National Association of Black Military Women. Member of Vital Church NYC, Association of Black Educators of NY, National Action Network, also Community Liaison and Volunteer at Zion Tabernacle Church Food Pantry.

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