In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your subsequent life and career?:
I was a shy, timid 18 yr-old high school graduate when I joined the USAF in 1970. I grew up poor and we moved a lot, so I had few friends and didn’t have the self-confidence to join school teams or participate in extracurricular activities. I learned after making it through basic training in summer time at Lackland AFB that I could do a lot more personally than I thought, and that being a part of a team enables you to accomplish much. This knowledge stayed with me throughout my career as an administrative specialist in military service, as well as civilian life, helping me gain confidence and the admiration, respect and trust of coworkers and supervisors.