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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.”
  • “...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.
  • “...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.”
  • “...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'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.