My Career As A Public Affairs Officer

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I want to become an expert in my field. In May of 2016 I graduated from the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and immediately began my career as an Air Force Public Affairs Officer. Part of my job as a Public Affairs Officer is to give advice and counsel to the commanders of the base when communicating with the public, the media or internal audiences. My commanders need to know they can trust my advice and that I have had the training necessary to make the right call. I want to further my education in mass communications to gain a deeper understanding of the field and to advance my career as and Air Force Officer.

Graduate school is the next step to becoming an expert in my field as a government communicator and
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Meade, Maryland this fall. This training was focused on public affairs strategy and planning for the Air Force. Now that I have returned to my home station, Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico, I will be responsible for leading an office of fourteen people. Although I am just beginning my career as an officer I frequently work with high level leadership and weigh in on communications decisions. This is one of the unique things about being a Public Affairs Officer. Most second lieutenants rarely see wing leadership but I have the opportunity to work with them everyday.

I have had the privilege to work with many of the faculty members of the graduate program at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications while I was working on my bachelors degree. I would very much like to continuing to work with Dr. Barbara DeSanto and Dr. Curtis Mathews. Dr. DeSanto is a large part of why I decided to pursue a graduate degree at Kansas State University. She has helped me grow as a public relations professional in and outside of the classroom. Dr. Matthew was my academic advisor. He helped me navigate the university and was a valuable mentor. There are so many opportunities for research within the military. With the help of Dr. DeSanto and Dr. Matthews I believe my thesis or project could produce real results.

I would like to focus on military areas of study because I could use the research done for my thesis or project at Cannon,
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