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First sergeants give back to D-M community

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Beaudoin, 355th Medical Support Squadron personnel specialist, hugs Master Sgt. Khadijah Peterson-Carvalho, 355th Civil Engineer first sergeant, after receiving a gift card from her during the random acts of kindness event, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13, 2017. This was Peterson-Carvalho’s first time participating in the quarterly event that showcases one of the many ways first sergeants can play an active role in the lives of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Beaudoin, 355th Medical Support Squadron personnel specialist, hugs Master Sgt. Khadijah Peterson-Carvalho, 355th Civil Engineer first sergeant, after receiving a gift card from her during the random acts of kindness event, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13, 2017. This was Peterson-Carvalho’s first time participating in the quarterly event that showcases one of the many ways first sergeants can play an active role in the lives of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Brooks III, 355th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant, gives a gift card to Airman 1st Class Alia Washington, 42d Electronic Combat Squadron administration specialist, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13, 2017. Brooks participated in the quarterly random acts of kindness event that gives back to D-M Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Brooks III, 355th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant, gives a gift card to Airman 1st Class Alia Washington, 42d Electronic Combat Squadron administration specialist, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13, 2017. Brooks participated in the quarterly random acts of kindness event that gives back to D-M Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Danette Blagburn, 355th Medical Group first sergeant, presents a gift card for the base exchange to Airman 1st Class Lindsey Weese, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13, 2017. Weese received the gift card as part of the First Sergeant Council’s random acts of kindness event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Danette Blagburn, 355th Medical Group first sergeant, presents a gift card for the base exchange to Airman 1st Class Lindsey Weese, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13, 2017. Weese received the gift card as part of the First Sergeant Council’s random acts of kindness event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The First Sergeant Council held a random acts of kindness event at the Exchange and gas station here, July 13.

The lunch time event had first sergeants distributing $10 gift cards to Airmen and their family members.

“We promote the health, morale and welfare of people,” said Master Sgt. Khadijah Peterson-Carvalho, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant. “You never know what an Airman has going on; this $10 could probably save them for the day.”

The event highlighted how first sergeants play an active role in the base populace and how they support D-M Airmen and its community on a daily basis.

“I became a first sergeant because I like helping people,” Peterson-Carvalho said. “I’ve been in situations where Airmen aren’t really listened to and don’t have a voice, and sometimes they need someone to advocate on their behalf.”

Those who received gift cards were chosen at random and had no idea the event was going on.

“One of the first sergeants came up to me and tapped my shoulder,” said Airman 1st Class Lindsey Weese, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist. “I turned around and she gave me a gift card to pay for my lunch.”

While the events are held randomly, the next one will occur next quarter.