By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
27 Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
Editor’s note: This feature is the forty-fifth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their hard work and achievements.
For Airman 1st Class Christina Burklow, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron cyber surety technician and Diamond Sharp award winner for the month of January, following information security procedures is of the upmost importance to do her job efficiently and effectively; in doing so, Burklow protects her fellow Airmen, her base, and in turn, the Air Force.
“Our primary goal is to manage information assurance basewide, which includes computer security, information security, education of users, and adherence to network security standards,” Burklow stated. “We’re involved in new systems being added to the base and the security standards that those systems have to adhere to.”
As someone who is charged with the training of others, Burklow knows the complications of having the weight of responsibility upon her shoulders.
“I primarily handle the Information Assurance Officer program,” explains Burklow. “I handle the education, training and monitoring. I’m a part of the appointing of new IAOs and making sure that the job is always filled. When I’ve got a good IAO that understands what he or she is doing and is well trained, I know that I can trust that if there is a problem or security issue, that person will call me. Whenever IAOs do a good job and respond cooperatively, I know I’ve done a good job.”
Although honored and slightly surprised, Burklow admits that this recognition was achieved due to the constant support of those around her.
“Without good leaders to back you up and get your name out there, it’s difficult to get this level of recognition, so I’m very lucky and appreciative that I had that,” said Burklow.
In spite of her strenuous responsibilities, Burklow remains humbled by the simple sentiment to “Do all things with excellence.”
By holding herself accountable to maintain a dedicated work ethic, Burklow has no problem being a proud, confident airman.
“I personally don’t worry about awards or recognition,” Burklow said. “I know that the work I do every day is something that I can genuinely say I’m proud of. I feel very grateful and honored to have been recognized and appreciated for what I’ve done. I couldn’t have done it alone.”