KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Leadership is not something that can be easily learned, but some people are born natural leaders.
Created in honor of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, the award recognizes service members and civilians who have exhibited innovation, commitment and a selfless spirit of service to others while inspiring and significantly improving the integration of and opportunities for women in the Air Force.
The award was created to recognize Airmen and civilians who have shown an exceptional spirit of selflessness while serving and inspiring others.
The 8th Fighter Wing’s very own Staff Sgt. Jasmine Madison of the 8th Comptroller Squadron command support staff, fits the bill for this prestigious award. Her exceptional work ethic and care for her customers recently landed her the Air Force 2019 Brigadier General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award.
“SSgt Madison is a stellar and selfless Airman. Her work ethic, coupled with these characteristics, made her a clear candidate for this award,” said Senior Master Sgt. Danielle Brown, 8th Comptroller Squadron superintendent. “Between all of her volunteering, and organizing events for the base such as the ‘women empowering women’ symposium, she more than deserved a chance at winning the award.”
While Madison was surprised by the acknowledgement, her focus is helping Airmen in any way she can.
"I deal with the personnel side of service members' careers, and I love the customer service aspect of my job because I get to serve others,” said Madison. “Brig. Gen. Vaught was a comptroller herself, and I'm honored and excited to have received this award.”
Madison is responsible for all of 8th Fighter Wing Staff, which encompasses personnel from the wing’s comptroller squadron, plans and programs division, legal office, chaplain services, safety personnel, command post, inspector general office, equal opportunity staff, public affairs office, protocol support staff and office of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
All of these groups are vital to the 8th Fighter Wing’s mission, and Madison is equally vital in making sure all of their records and processing are squared away. Every day, she brings her best to the table and handles any issues or queries that they might have.
“Whether it's an Airman's education, evaluations, decorations, or anything regarding their career, I want to help bring peace of mind to service members,” said Madison. “The military isn't for everyone, but for me it was the best choice I could make. I have learned a lot, gained stability and independence. The Air Force has been a very big blessing in my life."