My journey into joining the profession of arms began in March of 2000 when my wife Chrystal, my girlfriend at that time, suggested I join the Air Force. It was an option I had never considered, but the timing was perfect. I was at a crossroad in my life and I was searching for my next challenge. As she shared her father’s stories, her memories as a military brat, and the many benefits of being a servicemember, the seed was planted. Privately I began to ponder if a native Puerto Rican, raised in the Bronx projects, could excel in the military.
In this essay I have explained how my background and values led me to a career in the United States Air Force, my most important experiences while serving, and how my job allows me to contribute to the larger Air Force mission. I look forward to continuing my career in the world’s greatest Air Force.
It would lead to become an avionics technician, an ICBM operator and a space tester. I began this journey as a freshman in college at Washington State University where I walked into the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps building and enrolled as a cadet. After two years of college, where I did a lot of partying and not so much studying, I decided I needed go out into the world and grow up before finishing college. So, I enlisted in the Air Force. As it would turn out, this decision dramatically changed the course of my life.
“Dude 14, we’ve just located 10 anti-coalition militia in a bunker located 300 meters from our position! Request an immediate strike on that target!” Imagine hearing those words screamed into your ear and knowing that in the next moment you were about to execute a task that you trained seven years to do. This was my situation during my first combat sortie in Afghanistan. It goes without saying that employing weapons against enemies of the United States comes with a great amount of responsibility. The Air Force invested considerable time and resources into training me to skillfully execute my mission in the F-15E Strike Eagle.
In addition to understanding the full spectrum of capabilities the Air Force provides, I also have a deeper awareness of the Army and its strengths and weaknesses. After this assignment working as “the salesman” for the Air Force to the Army, I feel that I will return to the cockpit with a much broader perspective of joint warfare. Like the rest of my Air Force brothers and sisters-in-arms, my career has been profoundly shaped by September 11th and the subsequent wars. A Hollywood blockbuster started my Air Force story but it has become something far more profound and meaningful to me. It is an honor and a privilege to continue to serve with so many men and women willing to sacrifice their happiness, safety and even their lives in defense of their nation.
There were many influences in my life that led me to joining the Air Force. The example that my family set was the foundation for my desire to serve one of the strongest military services in the world. My personal experiences in civil engineering provided me with the understanding of mission importance from an early stage. While serving as a pilot in the Air Force rescue community I have become one who understands the value our country places on the life of an American service member. This essay is about my strong family heritage of serving in the military and why I joined the Air Force, some of my personal experiences that are memorable since joining, and my current role in supporting the Air Force and Joint mission.
Life is continually shaped by our experiences as we move from childhood through adulthood. But we can usually pick a few that had the greatest influence on our lives. The single most significant experience that both challenged and shaped me was my attendance in the Air Force’s Survival School Course in Spokane, Washington during my first year in the service. I will explain why it was so significant and how that experience has influenced me as a leader today as well as the impacts it will have on me as an organizational leader in the future. Growing up in a small town in Western North Carolina I was far removed from a military base or its influences on the local communities surrounding it.
I really enjoy working with people and strategizing with staff to make the company a successful, efficient, and wonderful workplace for everyone. I have been blessed with working for a company that can see my past experiences in operations, billing, and customer service as an asset and they have accepted to groom me and support me through my schooling and gaining of experience in my position. I have learned a lot, from assisting in organizational analysis, implementing appraisal systems, compensation and benefits analysis, to strategizing business and employee needs, over the past three years. The aspect of human resource that is so attractive to me, is the part of helping and feeling like you can make a difference in people’s lives. I really enjoy fine tuning policies and procedures with other managers, so that employees have a voice in executive decisions and the company is protected.
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I am confident that my professional experiences reinforced by the personal dedication, hard work and business ethics I have built in the last five years have refined me to seek a superior education from Olin. I am very excited to be able to challenge myself by setting my professional goals very high knowing that an MBA from Olin will undoubtedly help me to reach my short-term and long-term goals and support me to prolong my passion throughout my career.