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“You didn’t necessarily want to be one of the guys, but you definitely didn’t want to stand out.” (Video interview, 20:10)

   Andree Monique Hampton Sutton
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Andree Sutton, Uncasville, Connecticut [6/17/2010]
War: Cold War; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2001
Branch: Air Force
Service Location: Lowry Air Force Base and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Vandenberg Air Force Base, George Air Force Base, March Air Reserve Base, and Norton Air Force Base, California; Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey
Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
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After attending an all-girls Catholic High School, life in the male-dominated Air Force came as a bit of a shock to Chief Master Sergeant Andree Sutton. Enlisting in 1979, she worked first in electronics repair, and often found herself to be the only woman in the shop. Transitioning to recruiting, she discovered a passion and talent for helping others find their niche in life, and was named Air Force Recruiter of the Year in 1984. Post-service, she earned a Master’s degree in counseling, and carved out a new role for herself as a vocational rehab counselor, assisting veterans in making the transition from military to civilian life.

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Selected for electronics maintenance; only woman in tech school; training under a male instructor unaccustomed to training women. (02:42) Reasons for going into recruiting; did really well in recruiting; helped active duty personnel transition to reserves; selected as Air Force Recruiter of the Year. (02:43) In charge of European region recruiting; opportunity to travel; acted as a mentor to recruiters in European; close relationships with those under her. (01:40)
Being called ‘Mom’ by men she supervised; sense of responsibility as a woman working in Air Force; felt like she had to live up to the expectations put on her. (02:33) Retired in 2005; decided to become a counselor; working for the VA, counseling returning veterans; honored to have them share their stories with her. (01:44) Left to become a vocational rehab counselor; helping veterans find their niche and bridge gap between military and civilian life. (02:17)
Experience working with in a majority male environment; pushing hard to prove herself to men. (01:36) Taking over recruiting for March Air Force Base; in charge of squadron of 21 recruiters; pressure to deliver; put a challenge to recruiters, promised a training meeting in Hawaii; success of her technique. (02:29) 

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