We honored Staff Sergeant Sarah McDermott at a recent Lowell Spinners game through our Heroes Among Us program. She and her guests were good sports, posing for pictures and thoroughly enjoying the evening, including batting practice, a ceremonial first pitch, and barbecue at the Gator Pit. SSgt. McDermott is currently stationed at Hanscom AFB in the 66 Logistics Readiness Squadron, Plans and Integration section. In this role, she could be responsible for anything from handling war reserve materials to working out various support agreements for the wing.
I can’t pretend to understand exactly what that is, but for thousands of deployed Airmen, her work is vital to successful deployment and return home. And she’s really good at it.
So good that she mentors 89 functional area agreement coordinators (FAACs) across the Air Force. Those are the people who ensure their installation has the support it needs. When a position in her area was vacant, she carried the workload of two.
SSgt McDermott was selected by name by the Air Force Materiel Center headquarters for deployment to Al Udeid AB, a military base southwest of Doha, Qatar. She was one of four Airmen managing deployments and redeployments, moving people quickly to their destinations.
Calling someone a hero often comes with the expectation of action-packed, high-emotion stories. But the most compelling thing about a hero to me is a willingness to give 100% to ensure other people’s well-being. Rushing into a burning building or demonstrating superior strength are heroic actions, but so are working hard to be sure an Airman is fully briefed before getting to their station, and that they have what they need once they get there.
This was the last of our Heroes Among Us events this year. I hope their stories have inspired you, and I’m looking forward to next year.