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  • “...Setting me up for success in the nursing field…”

    “I was in college for a little over a year and a half studying nursing and that is the reason I am in the Air Force now. My goal was to become a registered nurse so when I heard about the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program it sparked my interest. When I joined I tried to go into a medical career field but was given fire protection. I wasn’t expecting to be a firefighter in the Air Force, but I am glad I was given the opportunity. My favorite part is being able to help others and help save lives. I still want to become a nurse, so getting to experience this is setting me up for success in the nursing field inside the military.”
  • “...I never used to drink coffee...”

    “I’ve been working here for five years so I pretty much manage all three of our locations on base, although I’m typically at the med clinic. I ended up becoming a barista because my mom bought this about six years ago while I was playing football at Sacramento City College. She needed some help so I ended up here. Interacting with people is my favorite part of the job. Every couple of years I develop relationships with new customers and I really like that part. Everyone I deal with puts their lives on the line and I appreciate it. Everyone is respectful and I haven’t really met a bad person. I never used to drink coffee before working here, but I love it now. I love my job. I wake up every day with a smile, which gets a lot bigger after I’ve had my coffee.”
  • "...Ambassadors and defender, doesn't matter the coast..."

    "I've been in almost three years and I'm stationed here at Beale Air Force Base. My biggest dream was always to come to California, because I'm from the east coast. Since coming here, I've explored so much of what California has to offer. I think California is beautiful, and being able to go snowboarding and surfing in the same day is great because
  • “...Have a hard time comprehending it…”

    I just got back from my first deployment. I was notified four days before I ended up leaving. The member who was tasked originally fell out last minute, so I volunteered for the deployment. Going ended up being the best thing to happen in my career. I have always been on the personnelist side of the Air Force, so I have never seen the operational side. Before going I had hardly seen aircraft or spoken to pilots. I did my job while I was deployed, but I was able to do so much else outside of it that I still have a hard time comprehending it. I got to fly, be a loadmaster, and do exercises with the pararescuemen. I was able to see what we are doing out there and it makes you take some pride in being in the Air Force. Before going on this deployment I planned on going to the Reserve and then getting out. Now I plan on staying in and want to retire from the service someday. I’m grateful I was able to go and it was amazing to see what we are really doing. Given the chance to go back, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
  • "...deep sense of pride..."

    In a career field with a predominantly male presence, I have witnessed strong women thrive. Since being at Beale I have been able to work with some of the first female Chiefs in our career field. It's inspiring to see women who are paving the way for future generations of female Airmen. I made it a point to learn from them and draw on their experiences as to how they believe they have been successful in their lives. Recently, I have been able to speak to young women in high school interested in joining the military. This has given me a deep sense of pride knowing they can look at me knowing they can do it too. It has been a humbling experience for me. Plus, seeing the look on peoples' faces when I tell them I build bombs is pretty awesome." Tech. Sgt. Ashley Long, 9th Munitions Squadron Air Force Combat Ammunition Center combat adviser
  • "...people matter most to me..."

    "When talking about Women's History Month I can't help but think about all the women who have helped me get to where I am. I have never forgotten the women such as my mother who moved to the United States in the 70s and was a housekeeper for over 40 years. She always reminded me she cleaned toilets so I could have a better life. Other lessons I learned from many women who I consider 'Super Women' is to always treat people with respect, dignity and value. They taught me to have balance and courage in all aspects of my life and to remember we are never too old to learn and grow. Some of these experiences are the reason I went into personnel, It's always about the Airmen, because the people matter most to me." Master Sgt. Lorena Baird, 195th Wing personnel superintendent
  • “...Sense of fulfillment…”

    "When I came into the Air Force I was originally trying to become a pararescueman. I eventually self-eliminated during the process. After that I was given the opportunity to change jobs and became a medical technician. I have really enjoyed it, and recently started working on the ambulance at the fire station. Normally we get less than one call a day, but when we do go out I enjoy the chance to get to help someone. I haven’t had to experience a serious situation yet, but helping people still gives you a sense of fulfillment. I still want to give being a pararescueman another try. I have been doing a lot of swimming and running as well as training my mind so I have more confidence and mental strength. I am going to put my package in soon to try and crosstrain."
  • "...The sense of responsibility..."

    “I grew up with horses and I think the horse bug is genetic. My mom would train other people’s horses in exchange for rides. Now my husband and I, along with our 7 year old son, each own a horse at Beale. Horses are great for any age group, for those with or without disabilities and for those who are or are not horse savvy. I would like to get involved with saddles for soldiers using my horse Fijn and I eventually want to offer therapeutic riding to support those with autism. Just the sense of responsibility, which comes from working with a horse can help people to achieve developmental milestones and build confidence. Even a five minute interaction with a horse always leaves you feeling better.”
  • “...Making a positive impact on the world...”

    “I climbed the corporate ladder in the civilian world. I had put a lot of time and effort into getting there and I thought I had finally reached the apex of my career. I thought when I got to that point I would feel really good about what I was doing, but it just wasn’t so. I would work up to 110 hours a week, but there wasn’t anything to show for it at the end. When the company I was working for decided to cut back I lost that opportunity and had to start over. I went to the recruiter a week later and decided to join. It is the best decision I have ever made. I am grateful to the Air Force. It has given me the opportunity to do more with my life. My experiences are fulfilling and I no longer wonder if I am making a positive impact on the world.”
  • “...You never know until it happens...”

    “It was around 7:00 a.m. and I was driving towards the Vassar Lake Gate when a family of deer crossed the road. There were three cars ahead of me and the first car stopped to avoid the deer. The second vehicle slowed down enough to where it only caused a little fender bender; The third vehicle crashed right into them. When I saw this I put my car in park and went towards the accident and a lady got out of the last car. She was disorientated and franticly trying to open the back door because her daughter was in the vehicle, which was still moving. So I got in the car and put it in park and then unlocked the door from the inside. I took her daughter out of the car returned her to her mom. I offered them water and bandages. Then, I helped a guy out of the second vehicle and waited with all of them until the police and ambulance arrived. Everyone hopes they will react in this way, but you never know until it happens. I was just in the right place at the right time.”