2nd Lt. Melissa Childs carries herself with a quiet confidence, and what appears to be an endless reserve for patience. This seems to be a requirement for her very demanding position as the executive officer for the wing headquarters office. A position normally reserved for field grade officers, Childs was selected for the position after serving as an Equal Opportunity officer for less than a year. In a month that celebrates our Nation’s African American history, it is fitting that our first “Know Your Military” series subject is one of our finest junior officers and the first black female officer to serve at the 128th Air Refueling Wing in over a decade. The following is a transcription of an interview with Childs on Feb. 27, 2018.