Beyond the Uniform: 1st Lt. Seniuk

The 115th Fighter Wing has enabled me to achieve my dreams of serving this country and becoming an Architect. Being the youngest of three children, the Wisconsin Air National Guard provided me the tools and experience to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies from UW-Milwaukee.

When I entered the workforce, during the height of the recession there were limited employment opportunities. The 115th Fighter Wing offered me a full time Active Guard Reserve position. During this time, I was able to learn valuable professional skills that have helped me excel in my current civilian career. I became a commissioned officer, teaching me leadership and management skills most peers my age do not learn until much later in life.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Wisconsin GI Bill provided me the financial ability to match my drive to earn a joint master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from UW-Milwaukee. As a full time, maximum credit student I was able to afford school and focus on my studies, instead of worrying how I would pay rent or eat.

Currently I work for an Architecture firm in Milwaukee, helping to shape communities throughout Wisconsin. I also serve as a traditional officer, supporting the F-16 mission and leading the next generation of airmen.

This unit has taught me life and jobs skills at a very young age, allowing me to challenge myself, to career progress, and to pursue a professional career.

I would not be where I am today or have the capabilities I do now if it weren’t for being a part of the 115th Fighter Wing.

About Tech. Sgt. Mary Greenwood

I'm a military member, a graphic designer, a wife, and a mother. I joined the 115th Fighter Wing in 2009 as an Aerospace Propulsion Mechanic. I loved fixing engines and working with a unique group of Airmen that I developed close relationships with but once I became pregnant in 2016 I was unable to continue working around the materials and chemicals until I was completely done nursing and I knew I wanted more children so a career change was my best option. In November of 2017 I made the difficult choice to move to Public Affairs, little did I know I was gaining another family. I married my high school sweetheart in 2012 after 6 years of dating and together we made the decision to join the military, He enlisted the year prior to my high school graduation along with my brother and his own. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2016 and have never regretted my degree choice. I love what I do and I am grateful for all the opportunities and experiences life has given me.