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  • "...It was a really unique opportunity to get the chance to suit up the Secretary of the Air Force..."

    "It was a really unique opportunity to get the chance to suit up the Secretary of the Air Force. To be able to show her that detailed closer look at what we do and the chance that it might factor into any decisions she makes at that level is really an awesome opportunity."Staff Sgt. Virgie Yi, 9th Physiological Support Squadron assistant
  • "...The pace of life is much different over there ..."

    "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,
  • "...Biking can be a mental battle..."

    "The longest bike ride I've accomplished is 60 miles. I'm about to ride 72 miles, at high altitude, around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe. It will be a new personal record for me, hopefully to be broken again by a 100-mile ride I am doing in August. Biking can be a mental battle fought by you or with a team. It's a great way to get out, enjoy the
  • "...those are the values for which I'm most grateful for...”

    "I started tae kwon do when I was six and received my third-degree black belt nearly three years ago. Soon after, I began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now attend classes in the area twice a week as a blue belt. Martial arts taught me discipline, respect and self-control, and those are the values for which I'm most grateful for."Airman 1st Class Larry,
  • "...My twin brother Wesley and I grew up doing everything together..."

    "Both my twin brother Wesley and I grew up doing everything together. We wore the same clothes. We joined the Air Force together and were even in the same flight together at basic training. I remember us going out and playing basketball all the time growing up. Now, he is at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, leveling up in
  • "...My world revolves around my family..."

    "When I look back on my career, experiencing my first base, meeting the woman who became my wife, having our two children, and buying our first home, I owe a lot to the Air Force. My world revolves around my family. The Air Force gave me that path to work hard for everything I have and provide for them."Tech. Sgt. Mark Graves, 9th Munitions
  • "...As long as my body continues to move, I will keep working and having fun..."

    "When I was young I lived in San Bernardino, which was just south of Edwards Air Force Base. I would hear sonic booms and see contrails in the sky, this began to peak my interest in aviation. I later enlisted in the Air Force in August 1969. I served for 21 years, and I enjoyed every part of it. I was stationed here at Beale for more than half of
  • "...It was a special moment in both our lives..."

    "The most memorable moment I shared with my father was when I came home after tech school and I was able to sign our 'Wall of Honor.' My father dedicated this wall in our man cave to all our friends and family who have served. It was a special moment in both of our lives."Airman Carlos Stear, 9th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution
  • "...Going out there I didn't know what to expect, I was a little nervous..."

    "I can remember being at my neighbor's house learning to play the guitar. I was 10 years old at the time, and was learning the fundamentals from that old man.  A few years later I really got hooked. I was performing with a band during a small music festival; we were actually opening for a national act.  Going out there I didn't know what to expect,
  • "...Capturing those moments gives me a chance to look back and remember..."

    "I've always been active outdoors since I was a child living in Minnesota. Being stationed in different locations gave me a chance to experience what the areas had to offer. I have ridden snowmobiles, owned horses and a boat, skied down mountains and I even learned how to scuba dive. But, the one hobby I am able to take with me everywhere is
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