When 2nd. Lt. Kameron Cass was deciding what she wanted from a college experience, she knew a good academic reputation, career connections post-graduation, and the opportunity to continue her athletic career in Track and Field all had to be part of whatever school she chose.
She didn’t know much about the The Military College of South Carolina (more commonly known as The Citadel). But when a friend recommended she look into the school and she received a full scholarship to the prestigious institution, Cass figured the Citadel was worth pursuing.
“When the scholarship came I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is amazing,’ so then I had to do research,” she said. “You are faced with rigorous challenges, mentally and physically, on a daily basis and I'm not a quitter. It’s not the average college experience, but I knew I would get so much out of it in the long run.”
Kameron says freshman year was the most difficult year because students have to earn their place to be a part of the Corps of Cadets. In her time at the Citadel she made the Dean’s list 4 times, the Southern Conference Honor Roll 3 times, and earned the rank of being named Track and Field team captain her senior year.
Being only one of 41 women in her over 500 plus graduating class, and one of only 10 black women was a big change from the more diverse environment she was used to in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama. The new experience taught her to face adversity and how to thrive and excel.
“That one decision to commit to the Citadel and endure its challenges brought me here and I'm an Officer in the Air Force now and doing okay for myself,” Kameron said. “I would earn certain leadership roles and that helped me learn about myself not only as an individual but as a leader. I found and crafted my leadership style being there. I am a servant leader, I make sure my people are taken care of in order for the end goal to be successful. And this ties into the project I’m on, we are aiming to help the unmet needs of Airmen.”
After graduating in 2019 with a bachelor’s in health and human performance, Kameron then began taking classes towards her nursing degree at the Citadel. But the opportunity to commission with the Air Force caused her to put nursing school on hold and she joined BESPIN in August.
“The opportunity was presented to me and I heard amazing things. I wanted a social job and to interact with people and not just sit behind a computer all day, in non-Covid times. This career chose me.”
Now, she is the delivery manager for the Corellian Engineering Corp team focusing on creating a reusable code base to streamline application development within the BESPIN ecosystem. The application the team is developing using this reusable code base is focused on helping minimize an Airman’s challenges with in-processing and onboarding to a new duty station. By digitizing & streamlining the former paper process, the app hopes to help ease the pains of settling into a new duty location.
Luckily Kameron had her fellow BESPIN team members to lean on when she arrived in Montgomery, but she says this application would have been helpful for her when she arrived on base.
“1st Lt. Kanen Borrero is my sponsor and he has really helped me get familiar with BESPIN and guided me through many things on my checklist and alleviate stressors,” she said. I was a little lost the first few weeks, but I had awesome people on my team and within BESPIN helping me through this whole adjusting process.”
When she isn’t leading the Corellian Engineering Corp team or reading up on Human-Centered Design or Agile methodologies, Kameron is keeping up her college-level athleticism in anticipation of her upcoming PT test in January.
And even though the BESPIN team is all working remotely and Kameron was excited to join BESPIN because it was an opportunity to work together in an office environment and do something bigger than yourself as a team. She is making the most of her first few months in the Air Force.
“I’m a social person and it’s hard that I’m starting active duty at home while sitting in front of a computer, but I have been able to make good relationships and connections through the computer.”
As the United States Air Force’s mobile center of excellence, BESPIN delivers exceptional user experiences across both native and responsive applications. Everything we do is focused on enabling our community of customers, Airmen, vendors, and others to achieve digital mastery. We coach, train, mentor, and educate the next generation of digital service professionals.