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“… She never took ‘no’ for an answer…”

Tech. Sgt. Christy M. Enriquez, a Reserve Citizen Airman with the 940th Civil Engineer Squadron, stands in front of heavy equipment March 30, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, California.

Tech. Sgt. Christy M. Enriquez, a Reserve Citizen Airman with the 940th Civil Engineer Squadron, stands in front of heavy equipment March 30, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Enriquez is an equipment operator here and is a geologist in her civilian capacity (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California -- “Women are often treated differently in both my military and civilian career fields, since they are male-dominated. I’m an equipment operator here, working with heavy machinery, and I’m a geologist on the civilian side. We, as women, have to grow tough skin and show people we can do the work just as well as men can. Doing that has made me not want to ever fail and pushed me to accomplish so much, like someone I’ve always looked up to. Amelia Earhart was always told she couldn’t do something, but she never took ‘no’ for an answer. That is exactly what I want to pass on to my daughters. If you want something, go get it and don’t let anyone stop you.”

Tech. Sgt. Christy M. Enriquez, 940th Civil Engineer Squadron equipment operator
Hometown: Orangevale, California


(Each month, we share a story of a reservist through a photo, simple quote or article. The goal of this project, similar to the 9th Public Affairs' Faces of Beale, is to learn more about Citizen Airmen. Whether traditional or full-time, every reservist has a unique story and adds to what makes us part of the world's greatest Air Force.)