Staff Sgt. Jahaira Santillan


Noncommissioned officer in charge, Intelligence Operations, 49th Operations Support Squadron

What is your nationality?
My dad is Puerto Rican and my mom is Ecuadorian.

What type of traditional foods do you like to eat?
I eat totones and cangrejo, a crab you find in Ecuador.

Who were some of your role models growing up?
My dad. He's the reason why I joined the military. He'll be retiring soon.

What are some of the traditions in your culture?
Most of our traditions are religious-based since my Ecuadorian side was Catholic we would fast and participate in lent.

What was it like growing up as a Hispanic?
I had great benefits by knowing both English and Spanish and I really enjoyed the experience of two countries, Ecuador and the U.S.