Personal Values and my Air Force Experience Essay
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I was only nine years old, but I can almost still feel the bitter cold and the excitement in the thin air while sitting in the stands in the Rocky Mountains. The rivalry between the two Service Academies was at an all time high as the coveted Commander in Chiefs trophy was still up for grabs. Although the battle ensuing on the field between the two foes was formidable, it was the battle upon what to do with my life that was of greater consequence. The outcome of the game is now forgotten but the impression that the young servicemembers left would forever be etched in the back of my mind. Despite my young age, I knew that I would answer the call to join these young men and women and the values that were instilled in me would allow me to…show more content…
Initially, I did not receive an appointment into the Air Force Academy. Discouraged but not defeated, I took the opportunity to attend New Mexico Military Institute on a Falcon Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship allowed me to achieve my goal of attending the Academy, even if in a roundabout way. A year after high school and one year of junior college under my belt, I entered the Academy and gave my best at the abundance of education that was presented. While attendance at the Academy was a lifelong dream, I now had to focus on the next goal in my life: to serve as an officer in the Air Force. I decided that the best way that I could utilize my talents to fulfill this goal was to become a pilot. Therefore, after graduating, I packed my bags and moved to Laughlin AFB, Texas to enter pilot training. With a lot of hard work, some self discovery and even more luck, I earned my Air Force Wings. I was about to become the youngest in the line of C-17A pilots. My first duty assignment was that of a young copilot flying the C-17A for the Eighth Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force base in Tacoma, Washington. It is here that I thought that I had fulfilled my lifelong ambition of service to others as a pilot but it would take me four years, four upgrades, a PCS and three deployments to discover that my true calling had yet to be accomplished. It was not until my last
Essay on Personal Narrative: My Experience in the Air Force
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I have been blessed to have led a highly fulfilling career over the past 22 years. The Air Force’s standards of conduct and performance have helped me mature into an adult while creating lasting memories along the way. I have had the opportunity to make significant contributions to my country that offer a sense of pride and personal achievement. My current duties allow me to directly contribute to the Air Force and Joint arena on an almost daily basis. Joining the Air Force helped me to realize I had undertaken a task bigger than myself.
I grew up in a small town and after I graduated high school I wanted more in life than a 9 to 5 job; I wanted to see the world. I had a few friends that had joined the military and had come home to…show more content…
Initially, I was tasked to help unload the massive amounts of cargo that were coming into the base on a steady basis. One day, while helping to unload fire trucks from a C-141, I was told to go back to my room, take a shower, get some rest and in the morning report to the Security Police; I had been selected as an “augmentee.” Security on the base was stabilized within a few weeks and the Security Police got a few more troops in, so I was told I could go back to my munitions unit. However, I did not want to go back. I liked the well disciplined airman of the 3201st Security Police Squadron and wanted to stay with them to fight the war. After several days of negotiations and some high ranking involvement I was permitted to stay on with the cops.
Permission was granted with one caveat; I had to become a Security Policeman. The next several months were very intense filled with long duty days of on-the-job training. I worked for 43 days, 12-14 hours per day, without a day off. I was taught a multitude of skills. One day, during a surprise ceremony, I was presented with a beret and a badge, an honor I still cherish to this day. I was no longer an “augmentee”; I was a bona fide Security Policeman. While deployed to Desert Storm I subdued a suspected terrorist, gave aid to a downed RAF pilot and set up a cordon around the crash site, and even took sniper fire while on a recon