“It’s good to know we are able for so many Wright-Patt workers to work from home and perform the mission,” he continued. “That’s a good learning experience to know that is possible. I’ve learned I can adjust, adapt and stay calm to complete our mission.”
Despite its challenges, the current situation does have a positive aspect.
“I am grateful to have been a part of this to watch it all unfold,” Graw said. “I don’t know if anything like this will ever happen again, but if it does, there are a lot of things in place and discoveries we’ve made about our jobs on the fly that will serve us well.”
Leadership in the 88th CS has developed some “muscle memory” too, she said.
“They will be able to guide the Airmen and civilians in a way that shows the lessons learned. In the past couple of weeks, the 88th Communications Squadron has really stepped up and has shown we can support the mission in a timely manner,” Graw said. “I think people have seen that. Lt. Col. Crepeau’s (88th CS commander) town halls have been helpful; he is very open with all of us.”
She said she feels she has developed resilience during the current COVID-19 situation.
“We are a huge team and we all work together. That makes it so much easier,” Graw noted. “We are all here for each other. It’s nice to have that camaraderie because we are mission-essential and have to take care of one another.”
Taking care of the mission requires patience on everyone’s part, Dean said.
“Please be patient. We are aware of the issues and we are working diligently to address them,” he said.
Graw’s and Dean’s work has drawn notice from their supervisors.
“We have seen how these Senior Airmen are working through these historical times,” said Staff Sgt. Eric Garrison, senior duty officer, Cyber Operations Center. “I’ve seen both of them display incredible wingmanship and leadership and believe this whole experience has helped shape them into future NCOs.”