Airmen of the Burgh: Staff Sgt. Dakia Kimbrough

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  • By Senior Airman Marjorie A. Bowlden
  • 911th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
As a logistics supply manager with the 911th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Staff Sgt. Dakia Kimbrough's duties and responsibilities revolve around supporting the mission through supplying aircraft parts.

Originally from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Kimbrough moved to Quaker Valley as a child and has lived there ever since. She initially joined the Air Force Reserve in 2010, but separated when she became pregnant with her daughter. Motherhood did not deter her from her passion for the military for long, She rejoined in 2012 when her daughter was six months old.

"It's rewarding knowing that you're doing something for a greater cause," said Kimbrough. "It's not so much getting awards or being recognized. It's just doing your job, loving what you do, and being good at it."

She said that she could not choose just one part of her job that was her favorite. Kimbrough exudes passion for her job and being a member of the military as a whole.

That passion shows in her job performance. Kimbrough recently was named the wing's Airman of the Quarter. Kimbrough's supervisor, Tech. Sgt. Edward Stormer, was not surprised that she had earned this award.

"She's an excellent worker," said Stormer. "She's very hard working and knowledgeable, and she's always willing to go above and beyond what her duties require of her."

Kimbrough admits that she is self-motivated and works hard in all aspects of life. Outside of the Air Force Reserve, she works two jobs and also attends the Community College of Allegheny County in full-time pursuit of a nursing degree. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse in the future.

No matter where her future takes her, she said, she fully intends to stay with the Air Force Reserve.

"In the military, you can excel," said Kimbrough. "It's not just some job that you go to day in and day out. You can go somewhere in the military, and it's a great opportunity."

Kimbrough wanted to let Airmen know that wingmanship is key to success.

"I say that because it's so vital," she said. "You just can't do it by yourself. Look to the left, look to the right. That's who's holding you up."