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337th Air Control Squadron Unsung hero

Senior Airman Amanda Masters, 337th Air Control Squadron weapons simulation technician, practices her skills while Staff Sgt. Steven King, 337th ACS pilot simulator, looks on at the 337th ACS building, Jan. 13. Masters was selected by her leadership to be the squadrons “Unsung Hero” for her dedication and excellence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)

Senior Airman Amanda Masters, 337th Air Control Squadron weapons simulation technician, practices her skills while Staff Sgt. Steven King, 337th ACS pilot simulator, looks on at the 337th ACS building, Jan. 13. Masters was selected by her leadership to be the squadrons “Unsung Hero” for her dedication and excellence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- From guiding horses to guiding aircraft, one Airman from the 337th Air Control Squadron has made her mark on the squadron and is riding high.

Senior Airman Amanda Masters, 337th ACS weapons simulation technician, was born in New York, but calls a little town in Kentucky home.

"I was an Air Force brat, so we moved a lot," Masters said. "I was born on Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York, but we settled in Kentucky, which has given me a lot of love for the outdoors."

Outdoor activities are among her favorite, such as horse-back riding and kayaking.

"I really enjoy Cypress Springs, Florida," said the mother of two. "Just being able to get away and kayak for a bit is relaxing."

In her downtime she also counts reading among her preferred hobbies.

"One of my favorite authors is Dave Ramsey," Masters said. "He is a financial author and it helps give perspective on money and how to better manage it."
Growing up, Masters' main role model was her father.

"Watching my father put on his uniform every day really gave me the sense that he was doing something important," she said. "That was one of the motivators that drove me to join the Air Force. My sister is also in the Air Force."

She originally chose a job in cyber surety, but when the recruiter called and offered the job she is in now and told her she would leave the next day, Masters couldn't refuse.

"Overall, I love my job," she said. "I really enjoy working with the students that come through. It also provides a lot of networking."

As a weapons simulation technician, Masters coordinates with air traffic control to monitor airspace when air battle manager students control live aircraft.
She is also responsible for keeping track of training for 43 other Airmen.

"Dealing with 43 Airmen, plus myself, can be a bit stressful," Masters said. "The hardest part for me is learning to be team player and ask for help when I need it -- I really try to do it all."

Masters' leadership speaks nothing but praise when it comes to her track record of excellence.

"As one of our lead weapons simulation technicians, Masters provided 216 hours of accurate pilot replication to 108 ABM students," said Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Wagley, 337th ACS superintendent. "Through this accomplishment and many others, she was named the 2015 ACS 'Technician of the Year'.

"This young Airman is not only focused on mission accomplishment, but dedicates time and effort to Airman and peer development," continued Wagley. " She is truly an unsung hero."