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

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