JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-Lackland, Texas --
Rain or shine, night or day, the Career Assistance Advisors are ready to offer career and professional development guidance to all Airmen.
As the 59th Medical Wing CAA, Senior Master Sgt. Charleen Jones provides medical wing members career progression and planning services such as professional enhancement courses, individual career counseling sessions, and education on enlisted-to-officer programs.
Jones also monitors mandatory pay and benefits briefing programs, conducts non-commissioned officer or Senior NCO Professional Enhancement Courses and ensures medics attend the First Term Airmen Course upon arrival to the wing.
“I provide advice to our MDW personnel across JBSA, regardless of installation and to all non-medical AFSCs as well,” said Jones. “At JBSA, we have four CAAs and we work as a team to provide assistance to any member who requests it, regardless of specialty.”
Arriving in San Antonio in 2010, Jones served as an instructor at the Medical Education and Training Campus on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, MAJCOM Functional Manager at JBSA-Randolph, and a squadron superintendent at JBSA-Lackland before being selected as the 59th MDW CAA.
“I chose to compete for the 59th MDW CAA position because of my experience with the JBSA and MDW missions,” said Jones. “But most importantly, I chose this opportunity because of my passion to teach and grow our future Airmen.”
Day shift personnel are not the only ones to benefit from these opportunities. Airmen who work night shift have the same access to all CAA services as well.
“Night shift personnel can request professional development night courses,” said Jones. “Just let me know which duty section, what time and the topic and I’ll be there [to assist in scheduling the requested course].”
The mission of the 59th MDW CAA is to serve as a key advisor to commanders and supervisors on all Air Force force management, professional enhancement and shaping initiatives.
With the trust and direction of the CAA, military members can make important decisions on career advancement and self-improvement.
“The professional development opportunities help Airmen grow, as all of us belong to the Profession of Arms,” said Jones. “When an Airman feels confident in the knowledge and reference base that I have provided, it feels rewarding to know that I not only helped someone make a personally important decision, but they trusted me enough to provide me with a platform to do so.”