Where Can NonAppropriated Fund (NAF) Take You?
by LeeAnna Taylor - NAF Human Resources
In a world of ever changing employment, constant PCSing and tons of military bases, you can be assured that NAF has been a front runner in helping our spouses, family members, off duty military personnel and retirees stay employed. Many of our employees have travelled the globe with NAF and gone on to bigger, career-oriented jobs.
One such prior employee is our very own, Daisy Espanol. Daisy has been with the federal government for 25 years. Starting out as a Services employee with AAFES, Daisy worked her way to NAF in the Human Resources department as an NF-II Human Resources Assistant. Now she holds a GS position as the Chief of Human Resources for the 100 Force Support Squadron (FSS) NAF here on RAF Mildenhall. When sitting down for our interview we asked questions everyone wants to know about our working spouses.
What was the most challenging thing about working while your spouse was enlisted? Daisy: Starting over every single time a moved happened from moving kids to new school, new house to looking for a new job and meeting new friends. Not easy to start every 3-4 years, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What motivated you to keep going (working)? Daisy: There is only one way for me to motivate myself to work hard: I don’t think about it as a hard work. I think about it as part of making myself into who I want to be. Everything I do is for my children and my husband.
What is it that you do? Daisy: I oversee the full scope of NAF personnel office. We, as a team handle staffing and recruitment, benefits administration, position classification, personnel security, processing all personnel actions, employee management relations, grievances and appeals for 100 Force Support Squadron.
What is your favorite thing(s) about your job now? Daisy: My favorite part of my job is the ability to work independently and the people I work with. It’s great to work with people that care and doing a good job. In addition, I am proud to say 9 of my prior HR Assistants are now successful HR Specialist ranging from GS-09 to GS-13.
What do you think people should know about the jobs NAF hires for? Daisy: If you have little to no work experience, look no further, we are always hiring. You can definitely go from entry level NAF positions to management and leadership positions and transition over to APF (GS) positions.
Do you have any advice for potential applicants and spouses? Daisy: Looking for diversity, flexibility and growth, NAF is a great place to start. Work hard, be ambitious and set your goals. Nothing is impossible, if I can do it – YOU can.
In this case, it would seem as though NAF can take you all the way to the top of your goals. At least it most certainly did in the case of our Chief of Human Resources. We appreciate your time Daisy anzd the hope you bring to our career-minded military spouses.
Are you interested in telling your NAF story or do you have a NAF employee who loves their job? Maybe both? Send us an email at 100FSS.HROStaff@us.af.mil and we may feature their story in our space! We look forward to hearing from you! - The NAF HR Team