Capt. Tarina Crook, a 91st Missile Wing Missilier, stationed at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., is an airman chasing two dreams. Crook grew up as a military brat in O’Fallen, Illinois. She eventually joined the military and began a long-term career in the Air Force. However, Crook has an additional calling to help others. This altruistic nature has led her to pursue a budding career in social work. Crook divides her time between her duties as a Missilier and volunteering in the community.
Through her social work, she hopes to bring recognition to many problems in the area, including diaper shortages for struggling mothers, lack of adequate clothing, transportation problems, and homelessness.
Describing one prominent moment that inspired her passion for helping other women, "I was one of eleven black women to graduate in a class of about 860 people from the Air Force Academy," said Crook. She believes strongly in breaking down the systemic barriers that can often hold women back from pursuing their dreams. She also hopes to use her social work degree to bring light to the struggles of underprivileged women in the Minot community and provide them with the resources they need to lead better lives.
"I think of it as running a race. I’m here to help people start the race on time, and I want to help them get to the finish line," said Crook.