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"...Going out there I didn't know what to expect, I was a little nervous..."

Senior Airman Kenley Lott, 9th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, poses for a photo April 28, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan/Released)

Senior Airman Kenley Lott, 9th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, poses for a photo April 28, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ramon A. Adelan/Released)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California -- "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, I was a little nervous, but went out there and played for 5,000 people. After we were done, going backstage everyone was impressed with my playing and maybe the fact I was only 14. I had people coming up to me congratulating me and shaking my hand. If my neighbor was still alive today, I would like to tell him, 'Thank you for instilling in me the foundation for one of the most important aspects of my life: music.'"

Senior Airman Kenley Lott, 9th Contracting Squadron contract specialist

Hometown: Texarkana, Arkansas

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