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  • Staff Sgt. Lisa Williams

    “I ended up in the Navy after graduating with my first master’s degree during the recession. When I got out, it was difficult finding work because my job in the Navy was very specific to Aegis ships. A degree in mental health and experience in the Aegis computer network didn’t give me a lot to go

  • Senior Airman Gabrielle Yates

    “It could just be the way I grew up. My mom is a single mom, and I tell you, the woman can do anything she wants. She literally learned how to tile our living room floor because she didn’t want to pay someone to do it. She re-shingled the roof, she repaved the driveway. She always said ‘why would I

  • Jesse Bradby

    “Even just saying [‘I’m going to be an Airman’] means a lot to me. It’s something I’ve wanted since I was 12 — it’s an amazing feeling. To be an Airman is like being the role model you always wanted but for someone else. I know when I was growing up, I really wanted someone to look up to, but I

  • Staff Sgt. Delmy Hernandez

    “When I was little, I wanted to be an artist, but I knew it wasn’t the most lucrative career. I think the creative or artistic part of me is what drew me in to imagery intel; it’s kind of like photography editing. We sharpen features, adjust shading and add annotations to identify those features.

  • Airman 1st Class Jarvis Mason II

    “I was in the police academy but realized it wasn’t the right time for me and the family. I have a 4-month-old daughter and having to be up early and keep up with all of my own stuff—it was a lot."