by Senior Airman Adarius Petty
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
8/31/2015 - CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada -- Is
this the job for me? Did I pick the right career field? One might find
themselves asking this question throughout their Air Force career. If
this question arises, don't fret, there are several viable options an
Airman has to expand their careers without having to leave the Air
Tech Sgt. Noah Stamps, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing command
chief's executive assistant, has first-hand experience with that same
Stamps was not always fond of his job in the Air Force. He first joined
the Air Force in 2002 as a security forces Airman at Minot Air Force
Base, North Dakota.
Being stationed at Minot often presented its share of unique weather
conditions which made it challenging for Stamps to do his job as
efficiently as possible.
"Its Minot and it gets down to negative 60 degrees in the winter, and as
a SF member you would do a lot of outside work," Stamps said. "So when
you're out in negative 60 degree weather and you have to perform with
excellence and integrity, those kinds of conditions can test your
excellence, integrity and your dedication to service. So being expected
to perform in that type of weather, there's nothing easy about that."
Although the climate at his first base was somewhat difficult to endure,
Stamps recalls one of the pros about his first base was his phenomenal
leadership who valued morale, promoting Comprehensive Airmen Fitness
before it was popularized.
He credits having great leadership that valued taking care of their
Airmen for shaping his future outlook on how he would value his Airmen
and those around him.
"I'm a firm believer in that if you take care of airmen 100 percent of
the time, they will take care of the mission 100 percent of the time
with 100 percent of their effort," Stamps said. "If you are focused on
the mission and forget about the people both will suffer."
As he progressed through the ranks, the feeling of wanting to make a
difference in the Air Force and take care of Airmen every day steadily
grew. It was at this point in his career that Stamps decided to apply
"I wanted to retrain, to help Airmen in a different way," he said. "I
had great mentors who helped with my decision to stay in the Air Force.
They got me to realize what my gifts are, what my talents are and where
they can be used."
In 2006, a career as a photojournalist seemed to suit Stamps' gifts but a
few months before leaving for Fort George G. Meade, Maryland to attend
technical training the Air Force merged Public Affairs and Visual
Information career fields which reduced the number of Airmen in the
Being a resilient Airman proved critical as Stamps was once again left wondering what to do next.
"My next two choices to retrain were to be a firefighter or a chaplain's
assistant," he recalls. "Being a new husband and dad left me feeling
like a career as a firefighter wasn't for me so I choose to be a
The new position gave presented multiple opportunities to help Airmen in need of something more both spiritually and mentally.
"I loved the idea of helping people out in a different capacity," said Stamps.
Once again the need to discover different ways to make an impact Airmen
and their careers pushed Stamps to apply to be an Airman Leadership
School Professional Military Education instructor and in September 2009
he joined the ALS team at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
"Teaching PME was a transforming experience for me," he recalls. "My
impression of teaching prior to stepping into the classroom was that I
would be the one imparting my vast knowledge on a generation of new
staff sergeants. The reality is that they had a lot to teach me; I
learned more from my students than they did from me."
Although many attempted to discourage him from being an instructor,
Stamps continued to apply for the special duty position until was
eventually picked for the job and offers a piece of advice to all those
that may face similar challenges.
"Always pursue your passion," he said. "There are so many people that
join the Air Force and are given an Air Force Specialty Code, given a
job. A lot of people grow into loving their job. Some people don't and
if you don't grow into loving what the Air Force has given you then you
needed find something that is going to help you pursue your passion."
Stepping out of his comfort zone proved beneficial to his career
development into a non-commissioned officer and whole person concept.
"Teaching PME made me a better NCO, a better leader, a better man... I'm
grateful for the opportunity I had to be a part of their lives as they
added significant value to mine," he said.
Experiencing multiple special duty assignments and two AFSC's, three
deployments, graduating 22 ALS PME classes and holding a total of four
jobs in his 13 year career that have prepped him to give advice to help
other Airmen that may be wondering what the Air Force has in store for
them as well.
"Tech. Sgt. Stamps is full of immense knowledge and has been a key
mentor of mine for about a year now," says Senior Airmen Andrew
Ingersoll, 432nd WG/AEW executive administration. "His leadership and
mentorship have guided me in the right direction in not only with career
decisions but also in life decisions."
Impacting the Airmen beneath him isn't the only task that Stamps is focused on.
"It is easy to see how TSgt Stamps' diverse career and breadth of
experience has made him such a resilient leader," said Chief Master Sgt.
Michael Ditore, 432nd WG/432nd AEW command chief. "It is an awesome
sight to watch him engage with Airmen of all ranks as he provides
mentoring, counseling, and many other wingman fundamentals. Noah is an
NCO that leads by example and exemplifies our Core Values of Integrity,
Service, and Excellence."
One thing is certain, no matter where the road may lead Tech. Sgt. Noah
Stamps will be continue to inspire Airmen to pursue what brings them the
"I will keep pursuing my passion, as long as I can wear this uniform and
take care of people with excellence and integrity," Stamps said. "My
advice to people is pursue your passion don't accept what was given to
you if that's not what fits you."