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MacDill NCO named first-ever career advisor of the year

by Nick Stubbs
Thunderbolt staff writer

For Senior Master Sergeant Michael Bottoms, the reward of being a career assistance advisor is working with young people and "hopefully having a positive influence" on them. But Bottoms received another reward recently when he was named the first-ever Air Mobility Command Career Assistance Advisor of the year. The new award recognizes the top job advisor in AMC and qualifies the winner to go on to compete at the Air Force level.

"I'm humbled because I know how many good career advisors there are out there," said Bottoms, who notes he likes interacting with young people on an Air Force career path.

Bottoms said he is not sure what criteria may have caught the judges' attention, but said he is active as a teacher, instructing at the Airman Leadership School, working with the NCO professional development program as well as the Senior NCO Symposium.

He also holds a master's degree in public administration. Bottoms has moved 400 people through his Right Decisions seminars, which among other things advises servicemembers of their Air Force benefits. Most of his professional duties are dedicated to fist and second term airmen and meeting retention goals, he said. "It's a rewarding job for me," said Bottoms, who has 20 years in the Air Force.




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