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Force improvement led by junior Airman

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  • By Airman 1st Class Delaney Gonzales
  • 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Upon graduating from college, she worked as an admissions counselor. However, she was looking for something bigger than herself, bigger than what she was used to. She wanted a more fulfilling career, something that made her feel like she was a part of a team. But after waiting nearly two years for a spot in a police academy, she decided to pursue other options. At the age of 24, her journey landed her in an Air Force recruiter’s office.

Joining the Air Force shifted her values and life perspective, creating a new sense of purpose.

“My perspective on life has transformed from not only myself, but to service,” said Senior Airman Dannyel Butte, 325th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering journeyman. “My goal is to do everything I can to better myself in order to be an effective member in the United States Air Force.”

Butte has worked in bioenvironmental engineering for more than two years. Bioenvironmental engineering Airmen play a key role in reducing health concerns in work centers throughout the Air Force. They help to establish the proper personal protective equipment that should be worn, develop safety procedures, and ensure Air Force facilities are in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

Butte puts her best foot forward when accomplishing demanding tasks. She allows the intense work flow to help strengthen her capabilities.

“I would say you get a lot of responsibility early on in the bio [environmental engineering] career field,” Butte said. “This pushed me to live up to that and achieve more than what is expected of me. I’m motivated by work, so if work presents itself, I want to perform my best.”

Butte, a Findlay, Ohio native, having served for less than three years, has accomplished so much in so little time.

She has been awarded one wing and several group quarterly awards. She was also selected for Senior Airmen Below-the-Zone in 2017, thus awarding her a six-month early promotion for the rank of senior airman. This promotion is earned after submitting a package detailing career accomplishments, self-improvement endeavors, and community outreach participation; Airmen are also expected to appear in front of a board of chief master sergeants in full service dress attire. It is a competitive process, and only Airmen who stand out are selected for this honor.

“Butte is by far one of the sharpest Airmen I know and she will continue to strive for excellence,” said Senior Airman Gabriel Albano, 325th AMDS bioenvironmental engineering journeyman and Butte’s supervisor.

As a result of her outstanding performance as a bioenvironmental engineering Airman, she was selected for the Airman Shadow Program at Tyndall. Airmen are nominated for this program based on their work ethic, dedication to service, and recommendation by their superiors. Upon selection, Airmen are given the opportunity to demonstrate job duties required in their career field to the base commander.

“Butte was my first choice for the Airman Shadow program,” Albano said. “She constantly takes the initiative to become proficient in her job duties, applies her expertise to the programs she manages, and mentors others on and off duty.”

One of her career accomplishments even helped improve the Air Force by creating safer work centers for Airmen. She led the Department of Defense’s first rapid airfield repair process evaluation, where she identified a carcinogen, which protected 35 members.

“I ask myself, ‘what can we do to protect them? What can we do to get them into the proper PPE to make sure they are protected?” Butte explained. “When people bring about concerns for their health it makes you want to help and protect, and that’s a big part of our job.”

Outside the uniform, Butte has proven to value self-improvement through education.  She has obtained a Community College of the Air Force degree in bioenvironmental engineering technology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management and is actively pursuing her master’s degree.

Bioenvironmental engineering is a job she enjoys, but she said she looks forward to the opportunities the Air Force offers its enlisted members.

Butte’s short time in uniform has impacted Tyndall significantly. Her dedication to her craft demonstrates the Air Force Core Value of Excellence in All We Do and her newly adopted values has helped Butte to grow and become a great role model for her fellow Airmen.