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Westover Airman climbs to new heights on deployment

Westover Airman climbs to new heights on deployment

Tech Sgt. Andrea Wieciech climbs a rocky outcropping during her deployment in 2018 in Bahrain. Wieciech utilized rock climbing as a morale booster while she was away from home station. (Courtesy photo)

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. --

The 439th Airlift Wing Command Support Staff Airmen are essential in allowing the unit run like a well-oiled machine, Airmen like Tech Sgt. Andrea Wieciech.

“We cover everything from building orders, to processing reschedule requests, and most other administrative tasks,” said Tech. Sgt. Andrea Wieciech, an administrative support manager with the 439th AW CSS office.

But on her recent deployment with the 609th Air Communication Squadron at the Bahrain Naval Support Activity in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Wieciech preformed job duties that she typically does not encounter at Westover Air Reserve Base.

While deployed, Wieciech was a night-shift postal worker. She worked on a team of eight members and she was the only reservist.

“Some tasks that we were responsible for was the processing of damaged mail that came in, the removal of unauthorized items from incoming packages, the production of paperwork for any outgoing pallets to Kuwait, and much more,” Wieciech said.

In between her shifts at work, Wieciech picked up a new skill—rock climbing.

Wieciech said rock climbing proved to be a good morale booster and allowed her to meet a great group of friends. Both of which helped her get through her time away from home.

Deployments like Wieciech’s are what all military members train for and allow service members to both demonstrate their skills and to actively participate in the mission to protect and defend our nation.