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Warrior of the Week: Senior Airman Danielle Ring

Vance Air Force Base, Okla. -- Senior Airman Danielle Ring, 71st Mission Support Group civil engineer readiness training manager, is "highly effective and an essential team leader" according to her supervisor, Staff Sgt. Thomas Bohl.
"She always gives 100 percent to every task," he said.
Airman Ring's work ethic comes easy because of the satisfaction she gets from doing her job.
"I couldn't do anything else," she said. "There's a lot of job satisfaction, and I love that it gives you a lot of room to be creative."
Airman Ring's creativity has been one of her standout qualities since she arrived at Vance Air Force Base six months ago. She recently redesigned the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training course for Vance, making it more user- friendly.
She also took the initiative to design and build 40 simulation CBRNE decontamination kits for students to use before they went out for the Combat Readiness Course, saving $3,500 in operating costs.
Airman Ring enjoys the teaching aspect of her job and hopes one day to have the opportunity to teach as a Professional Military Education instructor or return to teach at her technical training school.
"The whole thing about wanting to be an instructor is that I want to be able to shape Airmen," said the Hobart, Ind., native. "I had so many mentors help guide me through the first few rough years of my career, and I know I couldn't have done it without them so it's one of those things where you just want to be able to give back."
In the meantime, Airman Ring is still trying to get settled into her new home and new base. She arrived here from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and has had to make some adjustments to her emergency management skills.
"Yokota was very wartime oriented," she said. "Coming to Vance made me have to bone up on my natural disaster and major accident roles."
The Vance community has been a nice change of pace from her previous locations. She enjoys the fact Vance is a small, close-knit community and everybody seems to know everybody.
"It's a good place to have a family and the community is very supportive of the military," she said.
A single parent, Airman Ring enjoys spending her spare time with her 4-year-old son Nicholas. She got involved in coaching the T-ball team he is a part of and plans to explore coaching other sports as the seasons change. She also practices teaching her son American Sign Language, a skill she picked up at age six when her brother became deaf.
She also enjoys reading and the performing arts and intends to check out the local scene once she gets more settled.