#IAMIMSC award winner: Master Sgt. Morgan Rutland

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Meet Master Sgt. Morgan Rutland, the June #IAMIMSC award winner. Rutland is a deployed augmentee supporting Air Force Installation Contracting Center-Europe, or AFICC/KU, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. 

The #IAMIMSC award recognizes people whose actions have promoted connectedness and service before self within their workplace or the center. In addition to her day-to-day job responsibilities, Rutland has been instrumental in cementing a bond within the unit, especially in an environment where many telework several days a week or are deployed away from their families, said Lt. Col. Matthew Comer, AFICC/KU branch chief.

“Master Sgt. Rutland’s unwavering sunny disposition never fails to improve morale,” he said. “No matter how busy the workload or how stressed the team feels, she uplifts their spirits. She has single-handedly turned around the mood of many meetings, which allows the unit to be more productive and engaged.”

We asked Rutland a few questions about being part of the AFIMSC team and promoting connectedness around the organization.

Primary duty responsibilities: I work with the AFICC/KU team as the current operations team lead, managing near-term exercises and operations. I assist contingency contracting officers in the United States Air Forces in Europe theater with contract tracking and oversight. Additionally, I have led president and vice president of the United States missions, and African and European partnership flight events.

What do you like most about being a part of the AFIMSC team?
I like that family and fun are included in the AFIMSC values. With an organization as big as ours, it’s heartening to see that family and fun recognized as an integral part of a person or a team’s success. I will always give more to the mission when I know my family is valued and taken care of.

Why do you think it’s important for AFIMSC teammates and their families to feel connected to the organization?
Generally, people who feel connected to their organization are more productive, engaged and motivated. When that energy and positivity is brought home, families get the best of us, too. When families get to be a part of the successes, they feel a sense of belonging and appreciation.

What types of connectedness activities or events do you most enjoy participating in and why?
Just about any event or activity. But for me, it is more about the daily connections and being excited for what the people around you are excited for. Asking people about their families, remembering that a coworker was going to watch their kid's sporting event and then following up with them afterwards - I think when people feel heard, they feel valued and respected.

What advice do you have for people who are trying to build a better sense of belonging and kinship with their team?
Don’t be shy! Make one connection at a time. Surround yourself with positivity. Susan C. Young says, “Your vibe attracts your tribe, so if you want to attract positive and healthy relationships, be one!"