September 2016 Spotlight Airman

  • Published
  • By 175th Wing Public Affairs

Name: Patricia Dates
Rank: SSgt.
Unit: 175th Comptroller Flight
Job Description: Financial Management Technician
Fulltime job: Accounting Technician
Hometown: Pennsylvania
Joined the MDANG: October 2010
Total Service years: 7.5 years
Family: 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 12 siblings
Favorite Movie: No Country for Old Men, The Shawshank Redemption, The Three Burials of Melquiades
Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate and Moscato
Favorite Sports Team: STEELERS!!!!

Tell us your brief life story?

I was born in Chester, Pa. but mainly grew up in Baltimore, Md. I am the oldest daughter of 12 siblings. My mom was a nurse and my dad is a factory worker. I attended Dunbar High School. I currently hold an Associate in Science for Massage Therapy and Physical Fitness. Presently, I am working toward a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. After my military career, I look forward to pursuing a career in Forensic Science.

Tell us about your military career? 

I honestly joined the military to escape from my regular nine to five job as a bursar at the Florida College of Natural Health. I began my military career with the Army Reserves in April 2009 as a Cargo Specialist for transportation. I switched to the Maryland Air National Guard in Oct 2010 and worked in finance. I enjoyed working outside with the Army but I have been managing money all of my life, so finance was a great fit. I enjoy what I do and plan on making a career out of it.

What brought you to the MDANG? How have you enjoyed your time here?

Family brought me to MDANG. My aunt MSgt. Jamesetta Howard recommended I join and thought I would be a great asset to the finance community. I relocated from Florida to Pennsylvania where I currently reside. Throughout my years at the 175th Wing, I have been introduced to some very unique individuals. The wing has become an extended family and I am proud to serve with the men and women here.

What is your favorite Air Force or military memory or story?

My favorite moment was during my first physical fitness test, I outshined 18-20 year olds at age 33. It was good to know at that age, I had what it took to serve my country.

What is your proudest moment?

Raising my right hand.

What are you passionate about?

Happiness. Making people smile. Through finance, I am able to assist members that provide for their families.