"...The pace of life is much different over there ..."

Staff Sgt. James J. Thomas, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unit security manager, poses for a photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, Aug. 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica B. Nelson)

Staff Sgt. James J. Thomas, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unit security manager, poses for a photo at Beale Air Force Base, California, Aug. 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica B. Nelson)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California -- "I've never lived anywhere in my life for more than four years. The first time I went overseas I was in college my freshman year doing a language immersion program for two months.  The pace of life is much different over there and it took some getting used to.  One thing that I learned in traveling is that you cannot rush to judgment in anything, and you also have to have an open mind and a positive attitude."

Staff Sgt. James J. Thomas, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unit security manager

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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