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Referring to Excellence: Family connections

Senior Airman Tamekia Hunt, 919th Special Operations Force Support Squadron.

Senior Airman Tamekia Hunt, 919th Special Operations Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan McCallum)

Shalryic Thames

Shalyric Thames (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan McCallum

DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- Senior Airman Tamekia Hunt learned about the Get1Now program while participating in the 919th Special Operations Wing Developmental and Training Flight prior to going to Air Force Basic Military Training.

When she returned from BMT, she knew there were others in her life who would benefit from serving in the Air Force Reserve.

“Shalyric Thames is my cousin and I thought she would make a great Airman because she is a very intelligent and kind young lady,” said Hunt, a personnelist assigned to the 919th Special Operations Force Support Squadron.

Thames, currently participating in the 919th SOW Developmental and Training Flight, is awaiting her course date for BMT, but she has already seen positive changes in her life from her experience training to become part of the Reserve.

“It has given me more motivation to push myself and go beyond what I would call my normal,” said Thames. “It has shown me the power of unity. I have come to the realization [that] everything is not about me and what I need for myself, but about my team and what I can do to make them better.”

Thames plans to carry on what her cousin [Hunt] started by making some referrals of her own.

“I plan to utilize the [Get1Now] program and recruit more people,” said Thames. “There are so many people I know that can gain a lot from this.”

More details about the Get1Now program and information on the 919th SOW referral competition can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y8lxyy5f.