Senior Master Sergeant Mary E. Staffeld is originally from Chicago, Illinois. After graduating high school in 1978, she joined the United States Air Force and completed basic training in San Antonio, Texas in 1978. Upon completion of basic training she served at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois as an Administrative Specialist and Unit Training Manager. In 1984, she left the Chanute and was transferred to the U.S. Air Force Academy as the Unit Training Manager for the hospital.
After nearly eight years, she decided to leave the military in 1986. She spent the next twenty years in the restaurant business running anywhere from one to eight restaurants for two different casual dining chains. She attempted a time or two shortly after leaving Active Duty to join the USAF Reserve only to be told she couldn’t due to having children. This was at a time when the military was downsizing in the mid to late eighties. Finally, in 2005, she tried one more time to join the USAF Reserve and within a couple of weeks, she found herself taking the oath of enlistment once again. She became a member of the 301st Fighter Wing at the Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base (formerly Carswell AFB) in 2005 where she continues to serve. In late 2006 she left the restaurant business and became an Air Reserve Technician in the Wing Education and Training Office where she worked fulltime as a civilian federal employee and in her military capacity until leaving that job in late 2012. She then became a traditional reservist in the 301st Civil Engineering Squadron as the Unit Training Manager until she was selected to become a First Sergeant. Her first assignment as a First Sergeant was at the 301st Logistics Readiness Squadron and is currently the First Sergeant for the 301st Security Forces Squadron. She returned from a deployment with the SFS in January 2017.
Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with an Education Concentration, an Associate’s of Science Degree in Training Management from the Community College of the Air Force, an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources from the Community College of the Air Force, and a Professional Manager Certification. She worked for two different civilian companies between 2012 and 2015 as a Training Manager. In late 2015, she and her husband decided it was time to quit working fulltime.
Mary currently considers herself “semi-retired”. She works orders frequently on base taking care of Group and Squadron business. She also facilitates the USAF Reserve NCO Leadership Development Course at least once a month at bases all throughout the US. When she’s not working for the Air Force, she’s busy with working out, spending time with her husband of 25 years or her four grandchildren, or doing volunteer work for a couple of different organizations.