DVIDS – News – 688th Cyberspace Wingman spearheads historic STEM initiatives

Throughout March, as part of the 688th Cyberspace Wing’s celebration of Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting our wingman’s accomplishments and contributions as they continue to CLIMB towards greater great accomplishments in their service to the United States Air Force.

Today we recognize, U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Brianna Oberg, 688th Cyberspace Wing Inspector General Superintendent stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Oberg, a native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, enlisted in the Air Force in November 2001. She is a seasoned cyber operator who has managed networks internationally.

Prior to arriving at Lackland in 2020 as the AMAC Operations Superintendent of the 690th Cyberspace Control Squadron, Oberg was stationed for two years in Thailand providing network management as a senior enlisted chief for three regions at the in support of the POW/MIA recovery mission in Southeast Asia.

She described the mission as one of the most life-changing experiences as it closed families, recovered and brought home our fallen service members from the Vietnam War and World War II.

Read this short Q&A that captures a snapshot of his accomplishments in the Air Force, learn about his impact, and check out some photos from his career.

What got you interested in the STEM career field?

I’ve always loved computers and swore I’d do my six year enlistment, then go to school and get out. I wanted something that would transfer to the civilian world and I’ve always been interested in doing something in the STEM industry since high school.

There weren’t many women in STEM when I joined a combat communications squadron as my first unit. It was amazing. Despite being the only woman on our team, it was a real family where we all took care of each other. My team was very protective of me but they wouldn’t let me relax. It really instilled equality in all areas. The people I worked with 20 years ago are still my friends to this day.

What are some of your fondest memories in the Air Force?

I would say one of my fondest memories are the travel opportunities. I also love being a senior noncommissioned officer and seeing junior airmen I once supervised excel—especially women.

What does it mean to represent women as leaders?

It is imperative to guide them on the path of how to be a leader and how to be an Airman. I try to pave the way for them and give them this positive example. Even when it comes to men in the military, you see good leaders and bad leaders. My goal is to show them how they do it and break down the barriers so they can go further than me.

Are there any women who have inspired you?

Within our wing alone, Major Temesha Christensen of the 690th Cyberspace Control Squadron and Lt. Col. Amanda Knotts, Deputy Commander of the 688th CW A2/3, have been wonderful to work with over the past two years. It helped me remember why we keep doing what we do, especially as women in STEM. They are so friendly, professional and I am able to have real conversations with them.

What are some of your greatest accomplishments in the Air Force?

My biggest job was to become a senior staff sergeant. I never thought I would be a senior staff sergeant. I was a big girl growing up, so there was a time when my family didn’t think I would go through the basics. Senior is the top three percent – only three percent of the current force can serve there. To be able to break down barriers, but also help show people that they are smart women in STEM. It is also important for me to be able to continue to articulate and teach the men and women who follow.

Another great accomplishment in my career was when I was stationed at Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, as a project integration manager. I left a lasting impact as one of the project leaders to implement commercial wireless access throughout the Air University building. This helped facilitate professional military training for officers and enlisted and still supports the University today.

I am also proud to be the first to serve in the military in my family.
What are your future plans?

I will probably always stay in the STEM field. I also sit on the AFCEA Board of Directors, so keep helping the military or industry and shaping the STEM career field. I want to make it more accessible to women in particular and continue to advocate for women in STEM. I want to see women excel in the industry and accomplish things they didn’t think they could.

What is your advice to new aviators?

Find the victories in life. Seize every opportunity that comes your way. Be sure to do what’s best for you—that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

Date taken: 17.03.2022
Date posted: 17.03.2022 20:53
Story ID: 416692

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