By Charles J. Haymond, 55th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 06, 2019
Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Thompson, 55th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor, looks over his daily planner inside the Chief Master Sgt. James M. McCoy Airmen Leadership school at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. As the CAA, Thompson manages professional enhancement and development opportunities for all officer, enlisted and civilian members here.
An Airman with experience in a wide variety of career fields from heavy equipment operator to recruiter, has taken on a new role as the career assistance advisor.
As the CAA, Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Thompson Jr., 55th Force Support Squadron, manages professional enhancement and development opportunities for all officer, enlisted and civilian members here.
“This job provides me with the satisfaction of knowing I helped Airmen become better versions of themselves,” Thompson said. “Molding future generation of Air Force leaders through professional development courses and First Term Airmen’s Center and attacking Air Force priorities, mainly developing exceptional leaders.”
Thompson assists commanders and supervisors in career counseling and provides advice to Airmen on their career progression. He facilitates the following programs: retraining and commissioning opportunities, special duty assignments and Air Force Reserve component opportunities.
“I chose this job because I love helping people get the most out of their Air Force career and their lives,” Thompson said. “This job, as well as many others, gives me the opportunity to positively impact the lives of thousands of Airmen on a yearly basis.”
Thompson’s Air Force career started in the administration field. Since then he has also worked as a heavy equipment operator, recruiter and first sergeant. In the end, he attributes his wide ranging experiences to his successful career.
“Mentorship and a strong family and friend networks is what helped me get to where I am in my career,” Thompson said.
However, Thompson’s normal day consists of counseling Airmen and advising them on a variety of situations that may arise throughout their career.
“My mission is to motivate, educate, and inspire Airmen to be their best. In doing so, this will make the base, Air Force, community and ultimately our nation a better place,” Thompson said. “Find a trusted mentor who can lead you from where you are to where you would like to be, and always surround yourself with positive people who add value to your life and that have similar goals.”
To schedule an appointment with the career assistance advisor, call 232-3778 or email Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.