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Staff Sgt. Anthony Meadows, 48th Communications Squadron, is promoted to technical sergeant by Gen. Tom Hobbins, left, then-U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, and Brig. Gen. John Hesterman, 48th Fighter Wing commander, during Dec. 3 at RAF Lakenheath.
Staff Sgt. Anthony Meadows, 48th Communications Squadron, is promoted to technical sergeant by Gen. Tom Hobbins, left, then-U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, and Brig. Gen. John Hesterman, 48th Fighter Wing commander, during Dec. 3 at RAF Lakenheath. (Erika Brooke / U.S.A.F. photo)

Tech. Sgt. Anthony Meadows is a 29-year-old Plano, Texas, native who experienced one of the greatest surprises of his Air Force career a few weeks back when a four-star general on the eve of retirement …

Want to know the rest? Of course you do. So read a bit about this 48th Communications Squadron airman.

So what do you do here on base?

I am the NCOIC (noncommissioned officer in charge) of configuration management.

And that means?

All the servers on base, the e-mail, even the shared drives and BlackBerrys.

And you just recently were awarded a STEP (Stripes for Exceptional Performers) promotion. Tell me about it.

We had an airman’s call with [then-U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander] Gen. [Tom] Hobbins, and at the very end he called me up to the front of the audience. I had no idea what was going on.

And then what?

He starts talking about the future of USAFE and how all these other countries want to know how our NCOs are so good. Then, all of a sudden, he says ‘Lakenheath, a round of applause for our next tech sergeants.’ I was just blown away. To have a four-star general promote you like that, that’s a huge deal.

Let’s change course a bit here. What’s the last great book you read?

Ahhh, I can’t remember the title right now, but it was about prayer and fatherhood. It took examples of Christian fathers and showed how prayer affected their lives and how they dealt with problems.

And the last great movie you saw? In the theater, of course.

“Shrek Three” (“Shrek the Third”). I went and saw it with my kids, and it was pretty good.

How far off are you now to master sergeant?

I can take the test in two years. If I make it, then my options are wide open. I’m taking classes as well, so OTS (Officer Training School) is always an option. We’ll see which way I go.

You seem like you’re at the top of your game. What’s the secret?

All the success I’ve had, I can’t take the fame. I’ve had good leadership, supervisors and mentorship. There’s no way I can do this on my own.

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