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New Human Resource Advisor

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Sterling Johnson, the new human resource advisor for the Maryland Air National Guard, shows Staff Sgt. Deborah Bishop and Airman Brittney Mayorga, administrative assistants with the 175th Maintenance Squadron, where to find new opportunities online to maximize their individual potential for success on October 15, 2011 at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, MD. (National Guard Photo By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Sterling Johnson, the new human resource advisor for the Maryland Air National Guard, shows Staff Sgt. Deborah Bishop and Airman Brittney Mayorga, administrative assistants with the 175th Maintenance Squadron, where to find new opportunities online to maximize their individual potential for success on October 15, 2011 at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, MD. (National Guard Photo By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

BALTIMORE -- Master Sgt. Sterling L. Johnson is the 175th Wing's new Human Resource Advisor.

"The HRA studies trends Air Force-wide and the wing specifically to address any concerns that we may have," said Sergeant Johnson.

Sergeant Johnson has spent 22 years in the Air Force and most recently served as the 1st Sgt. of the A-10 Maintenance Squadron. He wants "to enhance the quality of life for every member in the wing through education, personal and professional development and benefits."

He is excited about his new position, which had been a goal for him. "As a 1st Sgt. your squadron members belong to you, as the HRA, the entire wing belongs to me," said Sergeant Johnson.

The new HRA describes himself as an extreme people person. "I have a knack for human nature."

Sergeant Johnson listed four goals in his new position.

"Some of the things we are looking at are practice interview boards for Active Guard Reserve technician positions, state employees and 1st Sergeants. We will have a practice interview board to enhance interview techniques for on and off base," said Sergeant Johnson.

"We are going to start a leadership class for Staff Sgts. and Tech. Sgts. to improve their leadership skills," he said.

"We also want to start a study group for core Community College of the Air Force classes," he said.

A fourth goal involves mentoring. "We will start a mentoring drive focusing on the younger members to enhance their life inside and outside the fence," he said.

"I want the members to be comfortable with bringing their questions to me or suggesting areas they think we should address," said Sgt. Johnson.

Sergeant Johnson replaces Senior Master Sgt. Guy Johnson who recently completed a six year tour as the Human Resource Advisor.