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UP CLOSE: Staff Sgt. Gerita Glenn

This week’s Up Close features Staff Sgt. Gerita Glenn, 94th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations controller. Up Close is a series spotlighting individuals around Dobbins Air Reserve Base. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

This week’s Up Close features Staff Sgt. Gerita Glenn, 94th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations controller. Up Close is a series spotlighting individuals around Dobbins Air Reserve Base. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park)

This week’s Up Close features Staff Sgt. Gerita Glenn, 94th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations controller. Up Close is a series spotlighting individuals around Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Norfolk, Va.

WHY DID YOU JOIN?

I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. Originally I started off wanting to be a doctor, but school got really expensive. My mom was prior security forces and my dad was also in the Air Force, so that’s what sort of led me down the path to joining the Air Force. I thought it would only be temporary, but here I am ten years later, turning something that was temporary into my passion.

WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL DAY LIKE?

My job entails maintaining the safety and security of Dobbins, whether it’s checking ID cards to ensure a person is authorized to come on base to working as a BDOC controller having eyes on everything.

FAVORITE AIR FORCE EXPERIENCE?

Deploying to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. It puts you in another mindset, not only as a security forces member but as an Airman, because you get to branch out and see a lot of different jobs. You see how everyone works together. It builds camaraderie at the end of the day.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

Going to the movies and catching up on all the new releases. I don’t care if they have really crappy ratings, I have to go. I also have three dogs, so usually if it’s not too cold outside, I’ll take them out for a long walk, usually to the dog park.

PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL GOALS?

I’m in school right now at Liberty University, so I’m really focused on that. Hopefully I’ll have my bachelor’s in criminal justice in two more years. My future career goals are to eventually become a command chief. I’d like to one day be in a position to share a wealth of knowledge with others.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED?

My old superintendent at Pope Air Force Base used to say, “Know your job. Do your job.” To me that was the best advice because first, as an Airman, that’s your bread and butter. You have to know your job and then do it to the best of your ability. It also transitions to your personal life. It makes you not only a better leader, but a better person.

SOMETHING NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT YOU?

I’m an avid lover of karaoke! My favorite song to sing is “Don’t stop believin’” by Journey.