March 2014

  • Life In the Air Force

    By Cadet Brittany Hamuka 

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    The Air Force has greatly impacted my life. Growing up in a military family I was given many opportunities. I was able to see the world, learn different cultures, and meet a lot of people. Although growing up in the military took away time with family back home, my immediate family has established strong relationships from around the world with people that we consider to be closer than family. I never stayed in a place longer than three years and growing up under the care of the Air Force, I now consider home to be wherever the Air Force sends me.

    Becoming an Air Force Officer brings a variety of opportunities, along with a rewarding lifestyle. Being a member of the Air Force provides you with benefits in housing and insurance as well as, education, travel, comradery and much more.

    Housing

    While airman are at work getting the job done, the Air Force makes sure that every airmen is taken care of and rewarded with basic needs. Each airman is provided to with the opportunity to apply to live on base. When an airman is chosen to live on base, their maintenance and utilities expenses are covered by the Air Force. However, some airman chose to live off base. When making the choice to live off base, airmen will receive a housing allowance, which will help with the expenses of living off base. The amount received in a housing allowance depends on rank, family status, as well as location.

    Insurance

    When joining the Air Force you will not have to worry about insurance. The military takes care of insurance for both military personal and their families. Military insurance covers dental and medical. Airman, as well as their families can be treated and taken care of at base medical facilities or by off base civilian medical centers.

    Being in the Air Force provides you with job flexibility. You will have the opportunity to have a variety of different jobs and tasks throughout your military career. You will also be able to work with numerous different people.While in the military you are always learning new things. You can also be given the opportunity to go back to school without paying a dime.

    Comradery

    In the military you move around a lot and see a variety of different places. While moving around you meet many new people, learn about different cultures and explore new things. Although being in the military takes time away from your family, the military provides you with comradery.

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  • Aim High

    By Cadet Brandon Kauling 

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    Choosing to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot as my dream job might seem like it wouldn’t have taken a whole lot of thought, but I assure you that more went into it than I just had the “need for speed”.

    Determining an occupation can be a very in-depth and important selection in a young individual’s life, and I was no different in the matter. For some, the choice can be an impulsive decision or even a dream from an early age, although it will undoubtedly influence the major forthcoming events in his/her life.

    Not a single person in my family, or anyone I directly knew, for that matter, had ever been affiliated with any sort of aviation or the military. It is easy to say then, that when I made the decision, it was quite unique. The choice for me to join aviation absolutely happened to me by chance, and I am already certain it was the correct one.

    While in my younger years I never gave much thought into what I wanted to do with the remainder of my life, though I most certainly did not want a typical boring desk job. I have always had a natural ability for driving and operating machinery and vehicles. I loved the outdoors, and enjoyed adrenaline rushes. I knew that I wanted the occupation I chose to suit these characteristics because above all, I want to enjoy every moment of what I do. I do not want to just work for a salary.

    There was one thing that had always been certain in my life though: the fact that every time I saw a military member or when a military commercial came on the television, there was almost an involuntary reaction that made me stop everything I was doing at that moment. It would always send chills through my body. As time went on I knew that at one point or another, I would be a service member.

    The idea formed when I began touring colleges. I was initially looking into an engineering degree, as I have always had an out-of-the-box style of thinking and an interest in designing and construction. After touring a few other schools I decided to look at Saint Louis University. During the tour of their aerospace engineering degree, the tour guide, who was actually an extremely down-to-earth janitor from the university, informed me that there was actually a degree to learn how to become a professional pilot.

    This was when I realized precisely what I wanted to do for a living. The deeper I delved into the Flight Science degree at SLU, the more my decision was reassured. I was then informed of the prestigious AFROTC program at the university, thus forming my dream job right in front of my eyes. I would have a chance to become a pilot and defend the greatest country known to man in some of the most impressive aircraft currently in aviation. Which aircraft that is to be, is yet to be known. Ultimately, I want to fly a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and/or become an Air Force Thunderbird, although I would certainly not complain with any fighter or heavy Air Force aircraft.

    It is always there, in the back of my mind, the feeling that it is my calling to be a part of aviation through the Air Force. It is beyond a reasonable doubt that it is exactly what I am meant to do.

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