Meeting Tech Sgt. and Leesburg Air Force recruiter Amalya Velez

Technical Sergeant. Amalya Velez is currently a recruiter at the Air Force recruiting office in Leesburg, but the 32-year-old Californian has had quite a career in Japan and Afghanistan.

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Velez spoke with the Daily Commercial, and here’s what she had to say.

Q: What duty stations have you been assigned to?

A: I served at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona for three years with a deployment to Afghanistan. I also served at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan for six years and have been in Leesburg for four years.

Q: What schools did you attend?

A: I graduated from high school at River City High School, home of the Raiders. Then I attended Community College of the Air Force and got my Associates in Avionics Technology (and) Associates in Human Resources. I attended Pima Community College and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where I work for my bachelor’s degree in technical management.

Q: When did you enter the service and why?

A: I joined the team in 2008 because I wanted to work on planes and travel.

Q: What conflicts have you been involved in?

A: I participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Thai Cave Rescue and Operation Damayan, where we provided relief to the Philippine Islands that were hit by Typhoon Cat 5 Haiyan.

Q: What other countries have you visited as part of your job?

A: South Korea, Thailand, India, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Guam, Malaysia, Canada, Iceland, Palau, Greece, Kuwait and England.

Always the adventurer, Tech.  sergeant.  Amalya Velez, front, appears aboard an Air Force C-130 with Senior Airman Dalen Payne, which she trained in San Antonio, circling the island of Okinawa, Japan .

Q: Was a member of your family in the armed forces?

A: I have an aunt and uncle who served in the Air Force, two uncles who served in the Marine Corps, and a cousin who served in the Army. I also have a brother-in-law currently in the Air Force.

Q: What are your main hobbies?

A: Football, weightlifting, hiking, camping and travelling.

Q: Who was the best leader you were exposed to and why?

A: Major General Leavitt because she was the first female pilot, and Captain Marvel is based on her.

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