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  • “…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."
  • “...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.”
  • "...Catch that pesky tail of mine..."

    My name is Tarzan and I am a five year old Belgian Malinois. I am a military working dog assigned to the 9th Security Forces Squadron here at Beale. I recently returned from my first deployment where I was stationed in Southwest Asia. While deployed my daily duties included base security checks, searching vehicles, and hanging out with my former handler, Senior Airman Anthony Flores. Now that I am back home I can focus on pursuing my other interests which include playing with my new handler, Staff Sgt. Christopher Whelehan, getting groomed, and trying to catch that pesky tail of mine. After I retire from the Air Force I hope to be adopted by a loving family who enjoy walks as much as I do.
  • “...I wanted to pay it forward…”

    “I was born in Vietnam and when I was three my family moved to the United States. I was the youngest of seven siblings, so I grew up with a lot of mentors in my life. My biggest mentor was my dad. He was a very selfless, hardworking guy who was always trying to help people out. He instilled the intrinsic value I have for trying to help people and I wanted to pay it forward. I believe everyone has struggles and can benefit from guidance even if they don’t like to admit it. So when I see people struggling, I want to lend a hand and try my best to help them out. I want to lead by example and take care of the people around me, and I hope they pay it forward and do the same. If I can make a positive impact on people, I hope that impact is exponential.”
  • “...Having a piece of nature on base is good for everyone…”

    “I grew up in a small farming town so I have always been interested in biology and the outdoors. I was always playing outside in the grass and trying to catch wildlife. When I got older I became interested in music and actually played bass in a metal band for a while. However, I always had the drive to go back to school and study wildlife, so I went back to school and got a degree in biology. After working in the Bay Area I came to Beale about a year ago. I was interested in working with the military because bases can act like nature reserves with their land. This is especially evident at Beale with a lot of the land being basically untouched. At Beale I act as a liaison between the environment, the public, and the military. In doing so, I ensure our mission is completed while still preserving our natural ecosystems and resources. I believe these resources have an intrinsic value and having a piece of nature on base is good for everyone.”
  • “…I want to do everything I can…”

    "I've been the noncommissioned officer in charge of the community partnership office since last October, meaning I am responsible for ensuring Airmen have plenty of events to attend on and off base. It's an experimental job title Beale has been assigned to test and I am the third person at this base to hold the position. I gained some experience hosting events when I ran the fitness center, but having to organize large scale events and arrange for civilians to come on base is definitely a big difference. We use every avenue we can to make the base aware of the events we have planned. I even personally visit Airmen at their shops to inform them of an upcoming event. It's my job to make sure there's always something to do on base, and I want to do everything I can to make each event memorable."
  • “…I conquered a fear today…”

    “I saw a flier advertising the blood drive and thought about how it’s been on my bucket list to donate blood. I’ve always been terrified of needles, but life is about getting over your fears and overcoming obstacles. Plus, I potentially helped someone by giving blood since you can only get it from another living source. Once I looked at it from that angle, I knew donating blood was something I needed to do. While donating, I focused on what the outcome would be to minimize my anxiety. By thinking about how my blood could potentially save someone’s life, I was able to ease my tension about needles and I conquered a fear today. The Air Force taught me if you stay focused on the end goal, you can get through anything.”
  • “...I hadn’t been around death or funerals…”

    “Honor guard performs colors for various events, but our main priority is recognizing those who have passed away by serving as pallbearers at their funerals. Being a pallbearer can be very difficult and saddening. I hadn’t been around death or funerals very much before, but at the end when you hand the flag off and all of the family members are thanking you I feel like I’ve done something good. One time we worked a funeral alongside a fire department for a firefighter who was also in the reserves. It was a large service and the way they were talking about him had an impact on me. When I was folding the flag for him I kept thinking about how they viewed him. I wanted to give him a perfect flag fold because he was an amazing person and all of these people loved and respected him. Being in the honor guard has given me a new perspective.”