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Mountains

 By Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool
Air Force Recruiting Service

While on an aircraft recently my seven-year-old son pointed out the window and asked me what was below. As I replied “mountains” he got a strange look on his face and said “that’s funny, they don’t look so tall from up here.” Senior Master Sgt. McCool

As I reflected on what he said I realized his statement mirrored my career. As I was looking ahead at each challenge I faced, the mountains appeared so tall, but as I climbed them and looked back down I discovered they weren’t as tall as I thought they were.

My first “mountain” came on the morning of Aug. 3, 1995, when my dad drove me to the Military Entrance Processing Station in Phoenix, Ariz. I can remember it as if it was yesterday — standing under the fluorescent lights outside the building. The fear that had been building over the last year in the Delayed Entry Program was now staring me in the face. I was leaving home for the first time to attend Basic Military Training (BMT). The “mountain” seemed enormous and I almost begged my dad to take me back home, but his words of encouragement were the reason I was able to walk into the building that morning and survive the next six weeks of basic.

It wasn’t until three years later when I returned to BMT that I realized the “mountain” didn’t seem so tall. These experiences continued throughout my career as a health services apprentice, a member of the base honor guard, a military training instructor and here in recruiting duty. I have been fortunate to have many mentors and peers along the way who made the climb much more enjoyable. As you face mountains, find someone to help with your climb and know that someday you will be able to look back on each “mountain” in a different light.

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool (right), Air Force Recruiting Service recruiter screening team superintendent, counsels a prospective recruiter. She was recognized as the Air Education and Training Command senior noncommissioned officer of the year for 2010. (courtesy photo)

Happy New Year!

By Tech. Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik
and Tanya Montgomery
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

As the end of 2010 approaches, everyone and their father, mother, veterinarian, whoever, is getting reminiscent about the past year and releasing their top 10 lists. We haven’t compiled any lists — just yet. We’re just happy that we made some top 10 lists.

In this blog post, we’re taking the easy path and in turn, making it easier for you to have access to our 2010 CliffsNotes version of the top 10 lists the United States Air Force made. Is this laziness, you wonder? No, it’s being efficient and smart 🙂

Check out numbers 8, 7, 4 and 1 at the Ten for ’10: Top Armed with Science Videos of the Year.

See the mentions for entries 10, 5 and 3 at the Ten for ’10: Top Armed with Science Podcasts of the Year.

We made numbers 10 and 7 in the Top Blog Posts on DoD Live in 2010.

We’d like to invite you to view our Photos of the Year for 2010, which were selected based on the number of views they received. Let us know what you think and what types of photos you’d like to see in the future.

Thanks to everyone who has taken time to follow what we have been working on and participating in this year. We strive to continue bringing you great technology while serving our country around the world in the years to come!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2011 to all of our service members and supporters!

PHOTO: A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 335th Fighter Squadron releases flares during a local training mission over North Carolina, Dec. 17, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller)