On These Planes,
Air Force One Attendants
Sling Hash, Luggage Too;
Tent Sleep-Overs in Iraq
By SUSAN CAREY
November 28, 2007; Page A1
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- Senior Airman Amanda Fauci's job is so sensitive she has nearly the same security clearance as a Secret Service agent. She sometimes goes on weeks-long classified assignments.
But on a recent mission, the 23-year-old was struggling. Her Texas-shaped sugar cookies made from prepared dough "blew up," she says. She ended up making a new batch from scratch at home that night. The next day, she served them to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, former President George H.W. Bush and other VIPs aboard a Boeing 757 bound for College Station, Texas.
Robert Spiers, U.S. Air Force
From left, Staff Sergeant Bret Baker, Staff Sgt Jon Jackson, Airman Fauci and Staff Sgt. Ron Giannetti, doublecheck their shopping list.
"There was a sense of panic there for a moment" when the initial batch flopped, says Airman Fauci, a five-year service veteran. Working on her time off is all part of "getting the mission done," she says.
The Air Force is looking for a few good men and women like Ms. Fauci: flight attendants who staff Air Force One and 16 other luxury planes that ferry government dignitaries around the globe.