Airlifter Baire-Anytime, Anywhere

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  • By Senior Airman Thomas Karol
  • 86th Airlist Wing/Public Affairs

U.S. Space Force Tech. Sgt. Hollie Baire, 86th Communications Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge of the technical control facility, looks like your average Guardian. But, there is more than meets the eye with this particular NCO.

Baire was awarded the title of Airlifter of the Week for her outstanding efforts, which led to a high rate of increased efficiency in her shop, and she does not plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Baire led two four-member teams, to plan and configure $750,000 of new defense information systems. She also coordinated with the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron to survey and provide power to hardware specific equipment.

“If it was just me I could not have accomplished this,” Baire said. “I have the best team anyone could ask for. I am just the face of the award. The stellar Airmen I lead should get all the credit. I am grateful for the title, but I want to pay it forward to them.”

Baire, a true team player and leader, said no matter what accolade she has earned during her career, it was because of the hardworking and helpful people she serves with every day.

“These guys are champions and I owe all of it to them,” Baire said. “These are the unsung heroes of the [86th CS]. They come to work every day and make the magic happen. It’s an honor to work side-by-side with them.”

Baire expressed that the inspiration behind everything she does is her daughter.

“Behind all my personal growth and aspirations I had one driving factor – my daughter,” Baire said. “She is my whole world. Whenever I have a tough day, she is what cheers me up. I want to spend as much time as I can with her and watch her grow into the amazing person I know she will be.”

Baire strives to create a healthy work-life balance. She makes an effort to break away from the grind by enjoying time with loved ones and traveling when she can.

“I love my job, but at the end of the day I just want to relax,” Baire said. “It can be hard to separate my home life and work life. I used to bring work home with me and it was causing me a bit of trouble. I just had to start saying ‘work will be there tomorrow,’ and enjoy time with my family. We are also in a prime location for travel so I try to go out and explore and get away from it all.”

Baire said she is proud to have joined the Air Force, and then have the opportunity to transition to the Space Force. Her goal was to make a new start and see the world.

“I wanted to get away from my hometown and make my own life,” Baire said. “I thought it would be a good idea and I could travel and meet people and have great experiences. It has worked out for me really well so far, and I am excited to see what new adventures are around the corner.”