Welcome to episode 8 of Women of the Military Podcast. In today’s episode, your host Amanda Huffman interviews Erin Sears.
Erin served in the US Air Force on Active Duty from December 2006 through July 2012 as an Acquisitions and Engineering Officer. She earned her commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Program at Embry-Riddle. Listen to her experience of why she joined the Air Force, military life, and why she left the military behind to be a stay at home mom and military spouse. Erin met her husband in college but decided before getting married she wanted to see the world. This meant they were stationed in two locations for their early career. She married her husband on paper in a story not uncommon to other mil to mil spouses. They ended up with 3 different wedding dates and picked one to celebrate each year.
She and her husband were eventually reunited and able to be stationed together for the rest of her career. Even if it included an over hour commute to make it happen. When she decided she wanted to leave the military the first request was rejected as they saw her as too valuable to leave. But then when she applied through a different program, she was able to leave the service shortly after her son was born.
Favorite part of Military Service
Her favorite part of her military service was when she was able to go out in the field with the civilian crew. They would go out to help troubleshoot problems that the regular mechanics couldn’t figure out. Not all the officers had the opportunity to go out in the field. But the guys she worked with trusted her and brought her along to learn. It was also a chance to get out of the office. If you are considering joining the Air Force as a Developmental Engineer this episode will give you a peek into the early years of what your career might be like.
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