HomeShared Media ManagerPhoto view


Master Sergeant (Ret.) Pat Finch joined the Air Force in 1972 with hopes of being a security forces Airman, but realized near the end of basic training that she would become a Basic Military Training Instructor.  After being an instructor for eight years, she became an administrator, which took her to assignments in Iceland, Alabama, Texas and Alaska, covering all aspects of the career field.  She has two primary mentors: Chief Master Sgt. Jimmy Lavender, who ran the professional military education school at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and her husband Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (Ret.) Jim Finch.  She says the two have had the biggest influences on her life.  Although Finch retired in 2005 after 23 years of service, her legacy continues through the Airmen that she pushed to be their best during basic training.  “I am Air Force.  I may be retired, but I am still Air Force,” she said.
130910-F-RH756-009.JPG Photo By: AFPAA

Apr 21, 2016
San Antonio, TX - Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder


This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at , which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.

Back to Gallery