Spotlight of an Airman: Sara White Published May 16, 2019 By 2nd Lt. Adam Miller 139th Airlift Wing ROSECRANS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mo. -- Before enlisting into the Air National Guard, Airman 1st Class Sara White worked at a local hardware store. One of her customers was an aircraft loadmaster assigned to the 180th Airlift Squadron. She would hear stories of adventures in the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft that the unit operates. “He would come into the store and talk about the base and his job,” said White. “I wanted a cool job where I got to be on a plane.” Although she never caught his name, those encounters contributed to her joining the unit in 2017 as a loadmaster herself. In that position she is responsible for loading and securing cargo and passengers on the C-130. White recently finished technical school, and is currently conducting on-the-job training at the base. Her desire to fly doesn’t stop there. White said she wants to pursue a pilot’s license and fly the C-130. When she joined the Guard she also received tuition assistance and plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University majoring in elementary education. White comes from a large family and is very proud of her grandfather who was part of the Illinois Air National Guard where he served in Vietnam.