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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hometown News: Sonya Hildebrand

Air Force Master Sgt. Sonya E. Hildebrand has been named the Air Force Equal Opportunity Director of the Year 2008. She was involved in completing the 2008 merger between the military equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity programs on the base.

The equal opportunity director is assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The master sergeant has served in the military for 20 years.

Hildebrand is the daughter of Diane Gladney of Bridlewood Drive, Montgomery.

The sergeant is a 1988 graduate of Sidney Lanier High School, Montgomery. She received a bachelor's degree in 2003 from Park College, Parkville, Mo.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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