Spotlight: Master Sgt. Matthew Glassburn

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Name and rank: Master Sgt. Matthew Glassburn

Units of assignment: 88th Communications Squadron

What’s your job like every day?

Every day is a bit different and that is one of the things that makes it interesting. I know that is something you’ll hear from every “shirt,” but it’s true – one day may be full of meetings and discussion on the welfare and morale of the unit and the next day might be doing EAGLs (at base gates) and then barbecuing for the Airmen and Guardians in the dorms, followed up with conducting quality-force reviews for EPRs (enlisted performance reports) and awards. It’s definitely never stale.

Do you have a mentoring or career tip for Airmen, including those who’d like to be a “first shirt” someday?

Don’t be scared of it and take every opportunity to work on your empathy. Empathy was one thing I had to work on and learn. One issue that may seem trivial to you may be the worst thing that could happen to someone else, and vice versa. Just be as understanding as possible with every situation.

As you become a tech sergeant and master sergeant, be sure to attend the First Sergeant Symposium for some insight – and take the phone for a week or a weekend here and there and you’ll see that it’s a pretty good gig.

What’s your favorite part of being a first sergeant and why?

The best part of being first sergeant is being able to help the Airmen and Guardians you serve. There is no better feeling at the end of the day. The worst part is when there is a situation someone is going through that you can’t help with very much, and that happens sometimes.

We do this because we care about people, and not being able to help with an issue is a struggle for me. But when I can help, it makes this the best job in the Air Force.