November Spotlight: Chief Master Sergeant Jerry Cromer

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  • By Master Sgt. Jeremy Roman, 301st Fighter Wing

Q: How long have you been in the military?
I've been at 301 FW MDS since 2008. I joined Active Duty Air Force in March 1995.


Q. What status, career field, and station will your daughter be assigned to?

A. She is Active Duty. She will be a 4N0X1 and will be assigned to the 19th Medical Group, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

Q: What does your job entail?
I'm responsible for all enlisted matters in the medical squadron.

Q: What did you want to do as a kid?
I wanted to be a firefighter.

Q: Why did you join the military?
To be a firefighter (I was an Air Force firefighter until 2009 when I cross trained into medical). I have been a civilian firefighter since 2002.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
Getting to impact the young members and shape future leaders.

Q: Your daughter has enlisted in the USAF. How does this make you feel? How long does the Cromer's generational line of military tradition go?
I’m excited about her joining. We talked about her going in straight out of high school but she wanted to try college first. She attended a year of nursing school before deciding to enlist. I know both of my grandfathers fought in the U.S. Army (both in WWII and the Korean War), my father fought in Vietnam (U.S. Navy), an uncle flew C-5s in the first Gulf War.

Q: What are your career goals?
To live up to the honor of a chief.

Q: What are your hobbies?
Road and mountain biking, hunting, fishing.

Q: What is something people might not know about you?
I’m pretty open and talk too much so no secrets here.

Q: Is there something about the Reserve you wish people knew?
The Reserve delivers 30% of USAF capability at 10% of the cost.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Buy a ticket for the Annual Award Banquet in February.