10 Good minutes with CMSgt Williams:
1. What is your name and duty assignment?
CMSgt Stephatina Williams, AFMC IMA to the Functional Manager
2. What do you do in your current assignment? I haven’t performed duty yet, but my position entails, serving as the primary advisor to the to the Command Counsel and Staff Judge Advocate concerning IMA paralegal activities to include manpower, organization, training, and development. Bottom line, taking care of our members.
3. What do you do in your civilian life?
No civilian job at this time. Currently on MPA tour for AF/JAR as Interim Chief, Enlisted Development and MPA Program Manager after 7 years as an AGR. Previously, I was a Paralegal Specialist for US Dept of State, Washington DC for 10 years.
4. What is the most interesting/memorable experience you have had in the military?
My most memorable experience was being a First Sgt and getting to know the people that do various jobs. There is a story behind everyone that wears the uniform. It could be something you can personally relate to. Or if you can’t relate, you would have learned something new. We are surrounded by talented Airman and Guardians everyday with a story or talent to share.
5. Why did you join the military? I joined the military to set the stage to one day return to college. I had partied my freshman year all the way to academic probation. Very much outside my character of being A/B student, Senior Class President, and community/youth advocate. Served 4 years on active duty, then joined reserve. After 26 years of total service, I have 4- CCAF degrees (Aviation, Transportation, Paralegal, and Human Resources; 1- Bachelors of Arts in Paralegal Studies; 1- Masters of Arts in Public Administration.
6. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self as you were joining the military?
Invest and save your money. Explore by car within an 8 hour radius of your duty station. Remember to stay focused, you have a voice and keep your eyes on the prize/goals. Those that are meant to be in your life and on this journey will continue to do so no matter where you may be in the world.
7. Tell us something you learned from a mentor or supervisor in the military.
Always take care of your people as you were or were not taken care of. Ask the simple questions. Let them know you care. Talk with your people not at them.
8. What does it mean to you to be a military paralegal?
To be a military paralegal, it means to be apart of a professional community of family. A place where we care about you and your growth personally and professionally.
9. Do you have any words of advice for someone considering joining the military/JAG Corps/Reserves?
Have a plan or goals you personally want to achieve and do it in the military. You will learn a new skill, explore that skill set to the fullest, become the subject matter expert. Share you talents and experience willingly. Grow the next generation of your replacements to lead in the future.
10. What food have you never eaten, but really want to try?
Good question. I’ll try anything once.