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SMC Women's History Month Warrior: SAMANTHA MAREZ

Samantha Marez, MILSATCOM Directorate

Samantha Marez, MILSATCOM Directorate

Samantha Marez, an Air Force Pathways engineering intern from the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., assists students in answering science and engineering questions at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering. The Lasers 4 Ladies event on Oct. 10 focused on demonstrating optics and photonics to over 500 middle and high school female students from across the greater Los Angeles region. (USC courtesy photo/Peter Shin)

Samantha Marez, an Air Force Pathways engineering intern from the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., assists students in answering science and engineering questions at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering. The Lasers 4 Ladies event on Oct. 10 focused on demonstrating optics and photonics to over 500 middle and high school female students from across the greater Los Angeles region. (USC courtesy photo/Peter Shin)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- In celebration of Women's History Month, some of SMC's women warriors will be spotlighted for their contributions to SMC and the Air Force.  First up is Samantha Marez. While she has only been here a short while, she's already been named SMC Category I Civilian of the Year Award.

Directorate/Unit:  SMC/MCA, Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate, Protected SATCOM Division

Duty Title:  Space Systems Engineering Intern

Years in Service:  10 months

Time on Station:  10 months

Hometown:  Torrance, Calif.

Goals:  Finish her Aerospace Engineering degree and eventually get a government job here at LAAFB

Hobbies:  Hiking, video games and reading

Greatest achievement:  Graduating UC Irvine with a BS in Cognitive Psychology and winning the SMC Annual Civilian Category I award 2015

What others are saying & Commander's Comments: "As an intern, her primary role is to learn and grow into a future technical leader for the Air Force. However, Samantha has proven so competent in learning the details of our system that she has already started to contribute at a level impressive for even a full-time employee. Her technical knowledge and attention to detail have been invaluable in conducting system safety analysis to ensure a safe launch for our next satellite, and in coordinating encryption standards across the entire $42 billion MILSATCOM enterprise. She has also been a great volunteer, regularly giving back to the community through LA AFB STEM outreach events. Samantha is a tremendous asset to our program office and is truly a role-model as a selfless, junior government professional.  Her performance to date has recently garnered her SMC Category I Civilian of the Year Award," Col. Xavier Chavez, MILSATCOM deputy director.