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  • “...I was 10 years old when 9/11 happened…”

    “I was 10 years old when 9/11 happened. I found out about it during school. Seeing everything that was happening was crazy and I didn’t really understand everything going on at a young age. Now, as a member of the military and a firefighter I draw inspiration from the sacrifices all the first responders made. Most people would have run away, but firefighters and medics ran toward it. Seeing how they reacted, made me want to be a firefighter. Their actions are never far from my mind and helps keep me prepared. In this job you never know what could happen, there is no backing down, you just handle your business.’’
  • “...If you aren’t trying to evolve, you are falling behind...”

    “When I graduated college I didn’t receive any job offers so, I decided to join the service. I am happy with my decision. The Air Force enabled me to see the world through a different lense and helped me grow. I have learned about responsibility, accountability, and discipline. When I go back to the civilian world I think my experiences are an advantage. I will be able to look back on my times in the military as an inspiration. The NCOs and Airmen I’ve worked with inspired me to constantly keep learning and I believe if you aren’t trying to evolve, you are falling behind.”
  • “...I like to prove people wrong...”

    “I have never met my biological mother because I was born addicted to drugs and immediately placed into foster care. I had one foster family who raised me and eventually adopted me at six years old. My family provided me with a home and so much love. I never felt like I wasn’t a part of the family. I am grateful for everything. I have been told before that I would never amount to anything. Doctors told me I would have a lot of developmental problems and behavioral problems, but with my family's love and support I overcame everything. I didn’t want it to hold me back and it made me work harder. I was told I would probably not make it out of high school, but I graduated college and I’m in the Air Force now. I like to prove people wrong and I think me wearing this uniform does that.”
  • "...I'd say I was bitten by the surf bug..."

    I have always enjoyed being out on the water and always wanted to learn how to surf but never had the opportunity until got stationed here at Beale.
  • "...I live by 'mind over matter'..."

    "I'm a very dedicated and motivated individual. I live by 'mind over matter.' My dad used to say it to me anytime I got stumped by something or if he knew I wasn't giving 100%. He knows me like the back of his hand. Even to this day, we have a connection and he always pushes me and reminds me I can do anything I put my mind to. Because of that, I
  • “…Seeing their progression…”

    “When I initially came in the Air Force I was security forces with the intent of retraining into a medical career field. When the opportunity came up I chose to go into physical therapy. It was the best decision; I love physical therapy. My favorite part of the job is when we help someone who comes in with an injury. I especially enjoy working with post op patients and seeing their progression from not being able to do much to preforming great on their PT test. I have been in the Air Force for 20 years and I don’t plan on retiring for a little while, but after I do I hope to help rehabilitate patients who are still in the hospital.”
  • "...My second home..."

    "My husband served 32 years in the military and it allowed me to work here in the late-80s and again in the mid-90s, ive been here ever since. Working here that long has made this place a second home, I enjoy working with military service members. Everyday they have a new challenge for me at the shop which I enjoy. People bring us crazy ideas all the time and they want it to look good, that's the challenge. I like to think I'm a jack of many trades."
  • “…The opportunity to do something with a higher impact…”

    “When I was younger I wanted to join the Air Force and be a pilot, once I went to the recruiter and failed a color vision test I realized that wasn’t going to happen and I put the military on the back burner. As time went on I got married and we had a child, I got older and wizened up a bit. I realized that the Air Force has a lot more to offer
  • “...Given me structure and taught me professionalism…”

    “My older brother joined the Marines and he encouraged me to join the armed forces, but I wanted to get a feel for what college classes were like. I decided to take classes at a community college. I was working at the same time and living with my parents. It was getting boring and I didn’t want to do it for the next four years, so I went to the recruiter and decided to join the Air Force. The Air Force has given me structure and taught me professionalism. Eventually when I get out I plan to keep my education going and get a degree in electrical engineering. I really like the new technology that is coming out and I would like to work with augmented reality.”
  • “…My dream to be a Catholic priest…”

    “I immigrated to the United States in 2001 from Nigeria. While I was in Nigeria I attended seminary college so I could become a Catholic priest. In Nigeria you have the super-rich and the indigent poor, so there is not a large middle class due to the lack of equitable distribution of resources. My family was not the poorest of poor but we were not amongst the rich. I encountered some difficulties in Nigeria, but a friend encouraged me to go to Europe or America to continue my education. It was when I came to America to continue the pursuit of my dream to be a Catholic priest where I met my first Air Force recruiter. The recruiter emphasized the need for chaplains in the Air Force as well as the roles chaplains play in providing spiritual guidance to Airmen and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”