Heritage to Horizons

Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., -- The Air Force started around the 1800's. The heritage is still rich now. Training for the Air Force has been hard and still is. People train to know air-to-air combat and they also learn how to fly jets that go 2000 miles per hour.

The Air Force is still inventing things today such as new high tech jets which help save lives and our country. They are also finding easier and better ways to help without hurting others.

Airmen, as they are called, have to know what to do on their feet. They learn how to survive on their own, especially during Warrior Week. They survive on bugs, water, animals, and the land. It's very hard and takes time to get used to. It is sickening to some, and at the same time, it is very interesting to others.

My brother has the honor now of being called First Class Airman Owens, the loadmaster. He has shared many interesting facts about the Air Force with me. For example, in times of war, the Air Force airmen have to think quickly, carefully, quietly. They also have their load master on board, weapons, and the things they need. When they finally reach their destination, all of them must be on alert in case of enemy attacks. They also must be prepared.

I have learned a lot from my brother. He has helped me to be a better person because he helped me realize that the airmen have done so much to help our country so we should respect and help our community. I have learned more respect for adults and others because in some ways they are helping our country just as the airmen. It may be by growing food, making clothes, working at stores, and in being a good citizen. I have also learned to be more caring and not to talk about others when it comes to their backgrounds. Some cannot help the way they are.

I have to make sure I carry on to others what I have learned. I also want to be in the Air Force when I grow up because I want to be a good person and help others. I also promise to myself that I will always strive to carry on the rich heritage of the Air Force. I will also be a better person because of this essay. The essay has made me understand more about the Air Force because it gave me an opportunity to write and share what I have learned from my brother.

I hope one day I will be able to have the honor to be called First Class Airman Martin even though I am a woman. That's what I like about the Air Force. No matter what you are, man or woman, you can be just as great and help protect our country. My mom and dad always tell me that I don't just want an ordinary job. I want to do something big and I will. Even though I have learned a lot so far from my brother, I know I still have much to learn. I want to carry on in his footsteps.