Profiles in Leadership: Lisa Fernandez
By Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan, 920th Rescue Wing
/ Published December 23, 2019
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida --
Key Spouse Lisa Fernandez has made significant contributions to the 308th Rescue Squadron, the 920th Rescue Wing and the Air Force Reserve Command. She explained that one of the most important things she does in her role is keep in constant contact with spouses and loved ones, especially during 2018’s combat deployment which saw nearly every member from the 308th RQS deployed across three separate geographic locations. “Families are the foundation to the success of the unit and our unit operates in a high tempo environment. We not only need our families to know they are supported, but it also eases the mind of the unit member to know there is someone available for their loved one to call in a time of need.” In addition to phone calls, she coordinated multiple events every month to bring everyone together, keep morale high and forge a foundation of trust. Additionally, Fernandez helped organize a five-day, all-expense paid vacation for several returning unit members and their loved ones to help them re-adjust to life back home. Further, she helped organize a fundraising effort which paid for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling sessions for five veterans in need. Her concern for the well-being of troops and their families also extended to those who were impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Michael which devastated Tyndall Air Force Base in October 2018. Her initiative to lead a donation drive provided more than 1,000 families in need more than 4 tons of supplies in less than one week.