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  • "...It's all about balance..."

    "I started racing in BMX when I was 13 years old. At 17, I started racing pro and driving to races around the country. One time I saw a girl racing and wanted to meet her. We dated and got married, and our youngest son started racing when he was eight years old. BMX is a close knit community and

  • "...You have to learn to fight those demons that tell you to quit..."

    "It's easy to make excuses and talk yourself out of getting through difficult situations. You have to learn to fight those demons that tell you to quit. With that in mind, I qualified for the 2016 Ironman World Championship next October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. If you think about the big picture, an

  • "...she lived two more years..."

    "During basic training, I signed up for the C.W. Bill Young DOD Marrow Donor Program. About four years later, I received a call with a match for someone with leukemia who needed a transfusion. I later met the recipient. The first time she received the transfusion her leukemia went into remission,

  • "... the Air Force truly is a family..."

    "One of the most challenging times of my career was losing a fellow Air Force member during a deployment.  It's something that you can never truly prepare for as a leader. It took a lot of thought, soul searching and mental preparation to find a balance for people to grieve as well as to continue

  • "...when I'm faced with an opportunity to learn I jump in..."

    "We grew up very poor in Nepal, but my drive to succeed comes from my mother. She instilled in me our tribe's three core values:  1) always be loyal to your king, that means Chief or employer, 2) always repay your debts, if someone helps you, you are obliged to help them in return, 3) take care of

  • "...you can't stop doing what you love to do..."

    "I played a lot of sports during my life--football, baseball, basketball, even soccer. I always gave the game my best with the goal of going to the championships. As the captain of my high school baseball team I noticed some players didn't seem to share the same enthusiasm as I did resulting in the

  • "Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be in the Air Force"

    "Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be in the Air Force. My grandfather retired as a Chief. I used to sit on his lap and he'd tell me stories of where he went around the world and the things he did. I wanted to be an Air Force mechanic. But I am partially deaf in my left ear, which prevented

  • "... you get married and work at the 'happily ever after' part..."

    "I've been married for 39 years and have five children and 16 grandchildren. The biggest myth about marriage is 'you get married and live happily ever after.' The reality is you get married and work at the 'happily ever after' part. My daughter was shocked to hear that my husband, her father, is not