Grissom welcomes new community readiness consultant

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  • By Senior Airman Harrison Withrow
  • 434th ARW Public Affairs

When it comes to taking care of Airmen, Grissom is among the best in the Department of Defense. That torch is now being carried by a newcomer to the bas

Stacey Pennington, Grissom’s community readiness consultant, recently filled the position left by the former Family Readiness director, Jill Marconi-Pyclik.

Pennington previously worked with the Department of the Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Center at Naval Support Activity South Potomac in Dahlgren, Va. as the Family Employment Readiness Program manager for the past three years.

“This has been the warmest, friendliest welcome I’ve ever received to a job anywhere,” said Pennington. “I had streamers, balloons and flower in my office when I arrived, and everyone has been very kind.

“They’ve made me feel like everyone is very happy that I’m here,” she added.

Pennington brings with her a wide array of family support skills, including ten years of financial counseling experience.

“I have been a certified financial counselor since 2008, and I am also a certified federal job search trainer, meaning I can help service members and their families navigate the federal hiring process,” she said.

Beyond assisting Airmen while they are still serving, Pennington seeks to help them plan for what they want to do after leaving the Air Force, she said.

“It is my goal to make sure service members find what they love to do once they leave here, and over the years I’ve learned to ask the right questions to best help them,” said Pennington. “I definitely found what I love to do.

“I’m very passionate about military support programs, and as a military spouse I know firsthand how important this program is,” she added.