News | Dec. 12, 2019

Cayetano honored as DLA’s NCO of the Year

By Cathy Hopkins DLA Aviation Public Affairs

Air Force Staff Sgt. Sabrina Cayetano was honored as the 2019 Defense Logistics Agency Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year during a Dec. 6 ceremony held at DLA Headquarters, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Cayetano, a native of Brooklyn, New York who enlisted in December 2012, attended Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and then attended the Personnel Apprentice Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, graduating on the Commander’s Honor Roll.

Cayetano began her DLA career in June 2017 and is the non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the Military Personnel Office for DLA Aviation, a major subordinate command of DLA, which is a joint military services command.

Her previous assignments include service as a career development journeyman with the 88th Force Support Squadron and serving with the Force Development Division, Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services, Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters, both at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

She has an Associate Degree in Human Resources Management, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Alabama; a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia; and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

In his endorsement letter, DLA Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. David Sanford said Staff Sgt Cayetano’s performance as a staff non-commissioned officer is a shining example of excellence in leadership, exemplifying the characteristics of today’s military professional.  In addition, he said, she also exemplifies the whole airmen concept through volunteering within the community and mentoring new Air Force recruits.

During the last year, Cayetano has volunteered to help National Wreaths Across America Day, prepared meals for Refuge Ministries, and volunteered in the Maternal Infant Unit at a local hospital.

She has contributed to the warfighter and the agency in many ways to include aiding with promotions, routing evaluations into their official records, preparing end-of-tour awards, and ensuring that service members experience a smooth transition to and from the command through oversight of the sponsorship program.

She said she doesn’t take her duties and responsibilities lightly as they all have a significant influence on the careers of DLA Aviation’s military personnel.

“Managing these programs and others along with paying attention to detail and constantly giving my best is what I am proud of,” said Cayetano, whose long-term goal is to become a commissioned officer.

When advising junior NCOs, Cayetano’s advises them to become proficient in their jobs, familiar with governing regulations and instructions, and always give their best while maintaining a positive attitude.

She feels her tour at DLA Aviation has prepared her to succeed in many ways.

“Since being here I have learned the qualities that are required of a good leader, how to prioritize time management, and also to be more confident in myself,” she said. “But most importantly, my assignment has exposed me to the unique gift of working in a joint command alongside our sister services. DLA has truly expanded my perspective on what it takes to support the warfighter and I look forward to taking the knowledge that I obtained here back to the Air Force.”