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Staff Sgt. Tamra Baity, 9th Force Support Squadron storeroom non-commissioned officer in charge, poses for a photo, March 8, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze) "...Going to Nebraska for my first assignment was a huge change for me..."
“I joined the Air Force from Hawaii and basic training was the first time I had left the island. Then going to Nebraska for my first assignment was a huge change for me as an island girl. I come from a family with a lot of people that have served in the military, and I grew up around the hospitality industry so those were major reasons why I
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Staff Sgt. Christina Ott, 9th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of family health, poses for a photo, March 2, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tommy Wilbourn) "...His actions make me want to be a better woman..."
"My role model is my dad. Heretired from the Navy and if it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't have joinedthe military. He's extremely optimistic and it's something I strive to be everyday. He tells me there's always a bright side to everything. My dad has alwaysbeen respectful towards my mom. She never pumps her own gas because he does itfor her.
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Kim Hogue, 9th Force Support Squadron training & curriculum specialist, poses for a photo Mar. 1, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tommy Wilbourn) "...Don't underestimate yourself..."
"Women have come along way from the past. I think now there's no difference between women andmen, and what they can accomplish. I want to grow in my career, and in ourgeneration I feel like it's a totally achievable goal. The military's supportfor women is wonderful. My group commander and flight chief are both women, soI have great role models to
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Staff Sgt. Scott Powers, 9th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of patient administration element, poses for a photo Feb. 21, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tommy Wilbourn) "...Being knocked down doesn't define you..."
"Everythree or four months I get summoned to go TDY to Wright-Patterson Air ForceBase, Ohio to teach the Air Force Personnel Reliability Program. PRP is designed to permit only the mosttrustworthy individuals access to nuclear assets. I've received several awardsin the PRP community, but most recently I won the USAFE PRP Monitor of the Yearaward. I
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Airman 1st Class Patrick, 12th reconnaissance Squadron sensor operator, poses for a photo Feb. 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Barringer) "...It made me believe in myself..."
"I love the military because of the sense of family it gives me, the sense of brotherhood. I can count on so many people I don't even directly know because of what I am a part of. The military has given me a voice and it's given me confidence. My life has been gradually changing by being out on my own and showing myself that I can do these things
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Airman 1st Class Riley M. Wade, 9th Communications Squadron knowledge operations apprentice, poses for a photo Feb. 7, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Barringer) "...I'm expected to perform at a high level..."
"I've been stationed at Beale for about two months. After coming from a training environment, I appreciate the differences of the operational Air Force. I learned my job and now I'm expected to perform at a high level. I still have responsibilities, but I'm given more freedom. The operational Air Force is different than I thought it would be
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Charlie Toomer, 9th Maintenance Squadron egress systems craftsman, poses for a photo Jan. 31, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Tristan D. Viglianco) “…When my draft number came up…”
“I joined the Air Force in November 1970. I originally wanted to join the railroad, but when my draft number came up I was given a choice; get placed in the branch the government wanted me in or make my own decision. So I picked the Air Force and it was the best choice I’ve made. I’m happy for all the experiences I have had. I’ve been to Japan,
0 2/06
2017
Staff Sgt. Ryan, Raggio, 9th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Bobby Cummings) "...I'm going to miss the camaraderie..."
"I think what I'll miss most is definitely the structure of the Air Force and the direction. That's a big reason why I joined. I didn't join for college money or anything like that. As for my shop I'm going to miss the camaraderie.
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Ashley Whitecotton, 9th Force Support Squadron community readiness specialist, poses for a photo Nov. 5, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tommy Wilbourn) "...My hobbies have changed since becoming a mom..."
“Reading and cooking are two of myfavorite hobbies. I’ve found that my hobbies have changed since becoming a mom.Now my reading consists of books like ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ and ‘Goodnight Moon.’ It’sall about adapting to being a family of three instead of just two. We go onwalks and it’s a lot of fun. We try to plan things like going to the zoo andthe
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Master Sgt. John Montillano, 9th Communication Squadron NCOIC of plans and programs flight, poses for a photo Jan. 5, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze) “Checking things off the bucket list”
I returned this past year after being away from my family for 16 months at Incirlik, Turkey. There were a lot of things I missed out on which was challenging for my wife and children. So when I got back it was very important for me to spend lots of quality time with them and pursue meaningful goals while checking things off the bucket list. We went
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