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  • Success through determination

    October 2009 will always be a significant date for Staff Sgt. David Noland; it’s when his journey in the Air Force began. After suffering years of mental and emotional abuse, he’s spent even longer trying to break down the walls and negativity that were built up, damaging his self-esteem and self-worth. He knew he wanted to do something different and important, and that led him to the Air Force recruiter.
  • Mentoring Moments: Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda

    A defining moment; a moment that shapes and molds who you become can happen at any point in your life. For Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda, that defining moment came when she became a first time mom while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Smurda, the 354th Operations Group superintendent, entered into the delayed entry program when she was just 17. She knew she didn’t want to attend college, so she used her cousin as inspiration to join the Air Force. Two months after graduation, Smurda was on her way to Basic Military Training.
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