Jacob Dodd received his Air Force Wings last Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
“It was like a huge accomplishment for me in my life and all the hard work I had put in to the training had finally paid off. It was also the moment that I knew I had found a career that would forever change my life,” said Dodd.
Dodd spend seven and a half weeks in Basic Military Training for the United States Air Force and is now an American Airman. He graduated from Technical Training last Wednesday and earned his wings.
He decided to join the Air Force because he felt like his life was monotonous.
“I woke up one morning realizing that I was living the same day over and over again as I was working for a cellphone company in sales. I was talking to some customers one day who told me about how they had served in the Air Force and loved it,” he said.
Dodd then went home and researched what the Air Force was and learned that its core values were integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all they do. He knew these core values would impact his life so he decided to join.
Basic training was an adjustment for Dodd.
“The most challenging part for me was adapting to the culture of basic training. Living with 42 guys from different states for seven and a half weeks was a challenge of itself,” Dodd said.
He says it took nearly six weeks for all of them to come together as a unit.
“There was no one else to really talk to besides each other, which in the end helped bring us together as a flight,” he said.
Even though there were challenges in becoming an Airman, there were also rewarding moments for Dodd.
“The most rewarding part for me was being academic monitor for my basic training flight helping all the other wingman pass their end-of-course test. They even called me Professor Dodd which was kind of funny,” he said.
Dodd will now be heading to Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Training at the Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington.
“After that, I will head to my duty station which will be Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. There I will be working as an Airborne Mission System Operator on the E-4 also called the doomsday plane,” Dodd said.