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  • "...Going to Nebraska for my first assignment was a huge change for me..."

    “I joined the Air Force from Hawaii and basic training was the first time I had left the island. Then going to Nebraska for my first assignment was a huge change for me as an island girl. I come from a family with a lot of people that have served in the military, and I grew up around the hospitality industry so those were major reasons why I
  • “Checking things off the bucket list”

    I returned this past year after being away from my family for 16 months at Incirlik, Turkey. There were a lot of things I missed out on which was challenging for my wife and children. So when I got back it was very important for me to spend lots of quality time with them and pursue meaningful goals while checking things off the bucket list. We went
  • "...Saving someone's life was incredibly rewarding..."

    "...Saving someone's life was incredibly rewarding..."
  • “…Most of the skills…”

    “I joined the Navy and did four years, when I got out I decided to go to school. I finally graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with my graduate degree. I majored in anthropology, sociology, and psychology, with a minor in urban planning. My degrees do help me with my job, but most of the skills I have were developed in my ten year
  • "...You have to be on point..."

    "I chose to be the FTAC (First Term Airman Course) Team Leader to interact with the new Airmen. I love being able to mentor them and show them how the operational air force functions. In FTAC, you're one of the first people that the Airmen meet when they get to a new base, so you're setting an example for them. You have to be on point. One thing I
  • “…If they hadn’t of caught the abscess I probably would have died…Don’t ignore your pain…”

    "I’ve had two deployments, but on my way to the third my appendix ruptured. I felt bad because someone had to short notice deploy for me and it was basically three weeks then you’re gone for six months. It’s always good to be ready. A month before I was scheduled to go on my deployment, I woke up around 3 a.m. from my stomach being tight and in
  • "...My life is flexability..."

    “My life is flexibility, as a military spouse and a proud parent of two children, I have to be ready to adapt at whatever life throws my way. My wife and I are stationed at separate bases and have an 18-month-old son and a new born daughter of only 26 days, but we make it work. Being a C-5 Galaxy loadmaster, my wife can be TDY for days or weeks at
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