647th Force Support Squadron Staff Sgt. Carolyn Herrick

Photo by David Underwood, Jr.

Staff Sgt. Carolyn Herrick

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Barrita Simmons is the 647th Force Support Squadron assistant NCO in charge of force management. She is also the Warrior of the Week.

As a personnel specialist with only five years in the Air Force, Simmons has been at Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam for one year and enjoys hanging out with her son, going to the beach, hiking and sky diving.

“I enjoy interacting with customers on a daily basis because I am a people person,” Simmons said. “My job may seem insignificant to others, but I receive satisfaction in knowing that I ensure the Air Force’s number one asset the Airman is taken care of. I love the Air Force for all the opportunities it has afforded me and my family.”

The junior NCO is the base-level focal point for officer and enlisted performance evaluations and annually builds and manages more than 3,000 evaluation and decoration sites for 32 base-level service delivery model (BLSDM) units. She annually processes more than 8,000 duty updates for the 15th Operations Group, 647th Civil Engineer Squadron, and 747th Communications Squadron. She also manages the unfavorable information file program with more than 50 cases for BLSDM units, and completes additional duties.

“Sgt. Simmons is a hard charger and highly skilled superstar who blends energy and talent with effective leadership,” said her supervisor, Master Sgt. Daren A. Newton Sr., the section superintendent. “She always stands ready to volunteer to fill any duty needed to uphold our mission. She has won the Military Personnel Fight Star Performer Award several times as well as the 647th FSS Star Performer Award, in which she was coined by the group commander.”

The Hinesville, Ga., native said she wants to have a base wide “explore Oahu” day similar to the “Eiffel Week” they had at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, so those stationed here can learn the history of this island.

“My favorite thing about being stationed in Hawaii would be the weather and that my winter wardrobe consists of sandals, swimsuits and shorts,” she said.

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