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Adventure to Lackland: Another Day in Paradise

By Senior Airman Soo C. Kim
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Editor’s note: This is part two of a series detailing this author’s experiences at Air Force Basic Military Training and beyond. You can read part one of the series here.

A week and some days have passed since the fateful night we met our campaign-hat-of-doom. Most of us were still shivered at the sight of anything that remotely resembled that hat as if the Grim Reaper himself was staring directly into our soul. But, as the days went by, we slowly adapted to our new lifestyle.

Marching everywhere and avoiding eye contact with anyone who had more than two stripes became the norm. The yelling and push-ups began to sound and feel like loud sage advice and an opportunity to make my less-than-impressive “guns” stronger.
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Best BMT moments

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Basic military training is the first step for every enlisted Airman’s career; it transforms you from a civilian into a military member. Many may remember seeing Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s “Gateway to the Air Force” sign or the buzzing sound of that first haircut. We asked our Facebook followers to share their top BMT moments and received over 1,000 comments! Do any of these bring back memories?

Bill Thomas- In 1968, giving blood during week 3 for the wounded of the Tet Offensive. Seconnd best memory is the perfect score on rifle range, but that’s expected of an East Tennessee Ridgerunner.
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Top Instagram shots of 2014

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

If you haven’t been following the Air Force Instagram page this year, you’ve missed out seeing awesome Airmen in action and some especially stellar photos. But, don’t despair! We’ll catch you up on the highlights with our top 10 shots based on what our followers talked about and loved.

1. 101st Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk training over water

An HH-60 Pave Hawk conducts training over the water
An HH-60 Pave Hawk conducts training Nov. 25, 2014, around Westhampton Beach, N.Y. During this time the aircrew tested the aircraft’s defensive systems and conducted a simulated rescue of a downed Airman. The HH-60 is with the 101st Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Muncy) (This photo was created using Instagram) #aircraft #Avgeek #Military #POTD

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Building Airmen: A MTI’s perspective

No matter how long it has been since you completed basic military training, every Airman remembers their military training instructor. The yelling, humorous antics and valued mentorship…What are some of your fondest memories of your MTI?

Read Airman Magazine’s story on Tech. Sgt. Chananyah S. Stuart, 323rd Training Squadron military training instructor, on how he takes civilians and molds them into Airmen in eight weeks: Making Airmen.

Coins, careers and lessons learned: An Airman’s journey to knowing it all

By Senior Airman R. Alex Durbin
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

For me, September marks a bittersweet time of year. As the summer and the memories it brought fade, replaced with the brisk winds of change, I look forward to my Air Force anniversary and back on how far I’ve come in the past three years. With my annual reflection also comes a different anniversary, the Air Force birthday.111125-F-XY001-001

As I remember the highs and lows and the leaves change color in nature’s last blaze of glory, I am astonished how the present is different from the future I imagined three short years ago on the parade grounds of Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in my pristine dress uniform and shaved head under the crisp, blue flight cap carefully slanted at the perfect angle. Continue reading Coins, careers and lessons learned: An Airman’s journey to knowing it all