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Answering the call to serve

By Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard
42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Brian Walker didn’t need to take a leave of absence from the law practice he owns in Fort Worth, Texas, or take the pay cut that goes with it in exchange for a summer in Montgomery, Ala., where sweat starts pouring down faces like rain trailing down a window during a rain storm. The Air Force Reserve captain also didn’t need to trade the space of his 50-acre ranch with five horses and crops for a 600 square-foot billeting room.

An instructor stands in front of commissioned officer trainees
Capt. Brian Walker, 23rd Training Squadron Commissioned Officer Training course instructor, is the first judge advocate to instruct at COT. Walker is an Air Force Reserve member and owns a law practice in Fort Worth, Texas. The school often integrates Reserve and Guard members into their staff to strengthen total force initiatives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard/Released)

“It’s a sacrifice I wanted to make because I believe that teaching is so important,” said Walker. “There are things that I have seen in our Air Force that I think we need to instill in our officer corps that are important to me. So, I decided I want to make a sacrifice to be a part of the process of training officers.” Continue reading Answering the call to serve

The OTS advantage

By Capt. Freddie Stephens
Air University Officer Training School

This is my Officer Training School story.

My journey to the United States Air Force actually began when I was in college. No, I did not participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Oklahoma. Instead, I was a “normal” student recruited by OU’s College of Engineering. Continue reading The OTS advantage

‘Mommy isn’t coming home, sweetie’

By Airman 1st Class Madison Sylvester
319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Airman holds a photo of her mother and of a sign warning against drinking and driving
Airman 1st Class Madison Sylvester shares the story of how her first scar became her reason for never driving while under the influence of alcohol. Sylvester is a 319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs broadcaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro/Released)

As a young child, you don’t think much if someone doesn’t show up when they’re supposed to because you have better, more important things to worry about, like bugs and dolls. They’re just another shape flashing around you in your own little world.

Occasionally, a child will stop and ask a question about the sky, their toys or where their parent is. The answer always seems to be, “Oh honey, they’re right over there,” and life goes on without a hitch.
Continue reading ‘Mommy isn’t coming home, sweetie’

Are you ready to leave military service?

By Master Sgt. C.A. Tony Sargent
81st Medical Support Squadron

When Air Force leadership announced they would need to cut about 25,000 Airmen over the next five years, many people wondered if they would be affected.

A variety of programs were announced, including several allowing Airmen the option to retire early. The Air Force also allowed some Airmen the option to receive voluntary separation pay if they met certain requirements. Continue reading Are you ready to leave military service?

July 10 recruitment tweet chat

By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Recruiting Service and the AF social media team participated in their 11th tweet chat on July 10 and received 93 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, the teams answered questions about assignments, enlistment requirements, the Delayed Enlistment Program and other career field-specific questions. In case you missed it, here are all the questions and answers from the chat. Continue reading July 10 recruitment tweet chat