Women's History Month: Master Sgt. Faye Reynolds
By Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt, 109th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 25, 2014
STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Master Sgt. Faye Reynolds has been in the Air Force for 23 years and joined the 109th Airlift Wing in 2003. She said adventure, experience and educational benefits all contributed to her decision to join the military.
"I had only planned on joining the active duty force for four years because I wanted to go to school for environmental science," she said. "I did not want to give up military life completely, so I knew I would transition into the Air National Guard."
Reynolds has done a variety of jobs within the Air Force. She first entered into Security Forces and she has filled positions within Supply and the HazMat Pharmacy. She is currently the 109th Civil Engineer Squadron's supply manager.
"My primary function is to coordinate supply acquisitions and procurements for two different (government purchase card accounts) which average $160,000 per year," she said. She also has additional duties within the Wing as the Unit Fitness Program manager, unit health monitor, unit deployment manager, ART (Air and Space Expeditionary Force UTC Reporting Tool) / SORTS (Status of Resource and Training System) monitor and equipment custodian.
Reynolds has her Community College of the Air Force degree in logistics and also has her bachelor's degree in geology. Outside of work, Reynolds is a wife and mother and also volunteers a lot of her time. She has volunteered with Glendale Nursing Home, Yates Reading Program, Salvation Army, Summit Towers, and is also a 4H co-leader and Red Cross blood donor.
Reynolds comes from a big family. She has one brother and four sisters and was the first one of her siblings to join the military. Her brother and two younger sisters followed in her footsteps and also joined the unit.
"Coming from a family of mostly girls, it certainly was different to be surrounded by and work with men," she said. "Throughout my career, I have never been treated differently even when entering a mostly male Security Forces career field. Times have changed and women have been accepted into career fields both military and civilian that were predominantly filled by men. We are in no doubt outnumbered and probably always will be, but history has shown that our contributions and commitments will inspire other women to follow suit. I hope that one of those future women is my daughter!"