Airman in Focus: Staff Sgt. Neisha Nixon
By Airman 1st Class Bonnie Harper, Public Affairs Journalist, 104th Fighter Wing
/ Published May 14, 2011
Barnes Air National Guard Base, 104 Fighter Wing - Westfield, Mass -- Staff Sgt. Neisha Nixon was selected as the Fighter Wing technician of the year. She has worked in the finance office here since her enlistment six years ago. After three other positions, she now works here full time as an accounting travel technician.
Computing travel expenses is currently her primary focus, but as the UCI approaches she will work on paying bills and other accounting duties.
As a financial technician, Sgt. Nixon enjoys the customer service aspects of the work center, as well as her colleagues. "I don't think you could find a better group of people to work with," she explained.
She also finds the daily challenges and educational opportunities to be rewarding. "I like the fact that you're always learning. There's always a new situation that no one has ever done before, so we have to research as a group and then figure it out."
Sgt. Nixon primarily joined the Air National Guard for the educational benefits but has found her career to be rewarding in many ways. She has taken advantage of the tuition assistance program through her full-time studies at Westfield State University. After receiving her associate's degree in accounting, she is continuing to pursue a bachelor's in accounting, which coincides with her military career. Over the past few years, Sgt. Nixon has learned to balance her full-time job while finishing her undergraduate education.
Last year, she deployed to Qatar and worked as a cashier. Reflecting on her time overseas, she said, "While I was deployed I learned I can work long hours in a stressful environment."
Sgt. Nixon views being able to travel, learn new things and meet new people as the most rewarding aspects of her job in the ANG, she said.