19 FSS SEL retires after 24 years of dedicated service

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  • By Senior Airman Maria Umanzor Guzman
  • 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. Shametra Cash, 19th Force Support Squadron senior enlisted leader, was recognized for her more than 24 years of service in the U.S. Air Force during a retirement ceremony at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Feb. 23, 2024.

Since January of 2022, Cash has played a crucial role in being the senior enlisted leader for the 19th Force Support Squadron for Team Little Rock. She served as the principal advisor to the 19th FSS commander on a variety of issues including the health, morale, welfare, professional development, and discipline of more than 500 active duty military and civilian employees across nine flights.

 The squadron’s responsibilities include offering essential mission support, encompassing manpower and personnel, sustainment services, force development, Airman and family services, community services, as well as mortuary affairs, honor guard, and installation readiness, supporting a population of 5,500 personnel.

The presiding officer for the ceremony, Lt. Col. Troy Lane, Department of the Air Force Selection Board Secretariat chief of operations, addressed Cash’s achievements and emphasized the importance of her contributions.

Lane shed light on Cash’s accomplishments as she surpassed each rank, highlighting the remarkable impact she has made on the Air Force and her Airmen.

Cash entered the Air Force in June of 1999 at Lackland AFB, Texas. Throughout her career, she obtained numerous duties in the Services career field and in the special duty as a professional military instructor.

She has been stationed at various bases in Virginia, California, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Nevada, and South Carolina throughout her journey. Additionally, she has fulfilled roles in contingency deployments, providing support for both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.

During the ceremony, Cash delivered her remarks, reflecting on her years of service and the meaningful experiences and people she encountered along the way.

“We’ve seen each other grow up, create families, survive deployments, short tours, and the list goes on,” said Cash. “I was only supposed to be in the Air Force for four years, and here I am at 24 years and 11 months. Thank you to my friends and family that helped me get here and I hope I have made each of you proud.”