JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii —
Meet Senior Pacific Warrior Airman Savia Anderson!
Anderson, a dental technician from 624 Aeromedical Staging Squadron (ASTS), immediately impressed her supervisor, Tech. sergeant. Modesty Mullins, NCOIC in charge of squadron dental services, when she came aboard in late 2019.
“She gets things done, is consistent and comes up with innovative ideas to make things easier,” Mullins said. “People gravitate towards her because of her ability to build positive relationships and because she is approachable and helpful. When we were doing the Genesis training, she took it upon herself to create a training brochure to use during the transition.
And she’s always looking for ways for the squadron to get involved in the community.
“Before Thanksgiving, she coordinated a fundraiser to donate goods and funds to our local food pantry,” Mullins said. “And she’s now working to get members involved in an upcoming blood drive.”
The food bank effort, led by Anderson, raised more than $500 in a single UTA weekend — and it was that effort that earned Anderson a quarterly award.
“In the Air Force, our people make the difference, and Senior Airman Anderson embodies what we need from our officers and enlisted people. She gives generously of her time and inspires others through her actions,” said Col. Edward G. Johnson, 624 ASTS commander. “His enthusiasm and positivity are contagious; She’s an incredible warrior of the Pacific!
Growing up in Albany, Georgia, Anderson learned the value of giving back to her community through various activities, like street cleaning and food bank drives, so selflessness is part of who she is. In fact, when asked which of the Air Force’s three core values resonates most with her, the answer is immediate: “Service before self,” she says.
The future is bright
Anderson originally joined the Air Force Reserves four years ago to make earning a degree more accessible. Her service earned her two Associate degrees, one in Pharmacy Technician, the other in Early Childhood Education.
Although she has options for her future, she is confident that the relationships she has built and the skills she has honed as a reserve citizen aviator will only benefit her in her future endeavours.
Today, Anderson works for the Naval Health Clinic to provide medical readiness for Marines, Coast Guard and Navy.
When asked to share a piece of advice with fellow Airmen, Anderson responded thoughtfully.
“One lesson I learned from the Air Force Reserve is perseverance,” she said. “I grew up in a city ranked seventh on the 50 worst cities to live in. Don’t let statistics define what your future will look like. You can overcome adversity. Things don’t always go your way, but you keep going. You strive for excellence, do the right thing and stay true to yourself.
It’s advice she also tries to instill in her 11-year-old sister, Kamiya.
“She follows me to a T,” Anderson said. “Every little accomplishment I make, she wants to hear about it so she can outdo me or outdo me. I try to be a positive influence for her.
Soon Anderson will have another person to role model; she and her husband, who is an active duty aircraft maintenance engineer, will welcome their first baby. In the meantime, she is happy to take in the Hawaiian scenery, travel, and enjoy a good movie night.